A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A very knowing representation of cat behavior along with an imagined view of space alien behavior.
Be friendly to outsiders -- even space aliens.
Positive Role Models
Mr. Wuffles is naturally curious. The space aliens are friendly and resourceful. The insects are friendly and helpful.
Violence & Scariness
Very young kids could be creeped out by the notion of aliens invading someone's home or of images of insects as big as the aliens (granted, the aliens are tiny, but the ant-like insects are a lot taller than household ants).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mr. Wuffles by Caldecott Honor-winning author David Weisner (Art & Max, Flotsam) is a wildly imaginative story of a cat who discovers a spaceship full of tiny aliens in his house. The drama of the cat menacing the aliens and the aliens teaming up with friendly insects to escape his clutches and get back home unfolds in wordless, comics-like panels loaded with subtle humor and clever sci-fi touches.
Is It Any Good?
MR. WUFFLES is an incredibly original picture book that takes a graphic-novel approach to storytelling, mixing action-packed panels with more traditional, full-page illustrations of a cat-and-mouse (actually, cat-and-aliens) game. The twist is that the aliens find friendly insects (who are also afraid of cats, judging from the wall drawings in their secret hiding place) to help them escape -- but not before posing together for some alien home movies.
There's much to look at in the colorful, detailed panels, and it's fascinating to see the ants and aliens communicate with each other in each one's own language, expressed in thought balloons with words not of our alphabet (the alien language looks like hieroglyphics; the ant one looks like little scratches). Readers can figure out what they're saying, but it can be challenging -- which also makes for layers of discovery upon multiple readings. Simply ingenious!
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