Mr Wuffles

A review of Mr Wuffles by David Wiesner

Mr. Wuffles is a cat, but this is not a story about a cat. Or at least it’s not a story just about a cat.

It’s a story about a cat and aliens.

Let me start at the beginning. There is a new toy in Mr. Wuffles’ house. In fact, there are many new toys in Mr. Wuffles’ house, but he doesn’t like to play with any of them -- except one. It’s small and silver and there are tiny green dots that move around inside of it.

Pssst: It’s a spaceship that is so small, it could fit inside the palm of your child’s hand. There are also little green aliens inside of it.

This book is another of those astounding wordless picture books that shows how great illustrations can tell a story without words. There is ‘language’ in it but since it’s spoken by the aliens, it’s un-translate-able, or at least hasn’t been decoded by the author. This adds to the book’s many charms.

Do the aliens get away? Does Mr. Wuffles find a toy to play with? And what do ants have to do with the story anyway? Check it out to find the answers!


Did this book win an award recently.

Yes, Mr. Wuffles has won an award. It is one of the Caldecott Honor books for 2014, along with Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker and Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle. The 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner is Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca.

(Also, if you click on the link imbedded in the book's title on this page, it will take you to the LINKcat page, which will list any awards it has won above the holdings.)

I hope you check out this book and the other Caldecott winners from previous years. At the Central Library, we have a complete set of of past winners of the Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King, and Newbery Medal titles.

Thanks for the great questions.