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Book Title: Mr Wuffles!|
The author of the book: David Wiesner
ISBN 13: 9781849397803
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Reader ratings: 6.7
Date of issue: November 7th 2013
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Mr Wuffles is a typical cat. Not a cute kitten, nor even a lovable rogue, but all Cat with a capital C. Independent, contrary and defiant, he's the sort of cat with a "try rubbing my tummy and I'll scratch your eyes out" sort of air. Staring out at you balefully from the cover, he looks like a whole lot of trouble.
Sure enough, we find that Mr Wuffles disdainfully ignores all the toys his loving owner has provided. She does not seem to know her pet very well. Whether it is a wind-up clockwork mouse, a bunch of feathers, a bell in a ball cage, a shuttlecock or a ball of twine, he simply turns up his nose at it and stalks off.
But then he finds something which does arrest his attention. He comes across a small metal object, apparently discarded on the floor. It looks rather like two miniature colanders soldered together by their rims. Strange noises are emanating from within, and soon we and Mr. Wuffles see just who is making them. Little green aliens, all bald, all wearing strange monkish habits — and all completely terrified by the huge, fierce, furry beast looming over them.
Being played with by a cat is no fun. Ask any unfortunate mouse or bird. The little green aliens are clearly starting to feel as green as they look — giddy, nauseous, and very ill indeed. Even worse, their equipment is beginning to get damaged with being repeatedly tossed in the air and caught again for Mr. Wuffles's pleasure. Fortunately, a ladybird comes to the little green aliens' aid, providing momentary distraction. No self-respecting cat can ignore a shimmering bug flitting about his head. Quick, little aliens!
What else can they do, but flee the ship in panic, clutching their precious equipment as best they can, to search for safety elsewhere. A refuge is provided by a convenient hole in a skirting board under a radiator, where they meet other allies — ants!
The story follows the burgeoning relationship between the little green aliens, the ants and the ladybird, as they all work as a team, sharing their food, and cooperating to repair the spaceship's equipment, eventually defeating the gigantic monster cat, to set off back to their own planet.
Whether patiently waiting with the fixed gaze of a hunter watching his prey, or claws outstretched and body trembling, ready to pounce; whether leaping, or poised motionless, but with head jerking quickly back and forth; the playfulness, the catnapping — in fact all the aspects of cat behaviour are all so scrupulously observed and authentic, that this is clearly written and drawn by a cat-owner. (Whether the little green aliens are also drawn from life I cannot say.)
Mr. Wuffles, first published in 2013, is an extremely original and engaging fantasy story. Written and drawn entirely in a mix of full spreads and cartoon strip panels by David Weisner, using watercolours and India ink, the author has invented an entire language consisting of geometric hieroglyphs in speech bubbles, spoken by the little green aliens. There are only a handful of words in the whole book, spoken by Mr. Wuffles's luckless owner.
Because it contains no text as such, this could be accessible to very young children, except that the story and themes are suited to an older audience. Even the concept of little green men coming from outer space is needed really, to fully appreciate this quirky story. The format looks more like a picture book for very young children, but the content belies this. It would be ideal for reluctant readers, who would fully appreciate the humour without the need for text. It was not what I expected, and most enjoyable.
David Weisner has apparently produced three Caldecott medal wining books previously, and if the fantasy elements are as inventive as they are here, this comes as no surprise.
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Read information about the authorDuring David Wiesner's formative years, the last images he saw before closing his eyes at night were the books, rockets, elephant heads, clocks, and magnifying glasses that decorated the wallpaper of his room. Perhaps it was this decor which awakened his creativity and gave it the dreamlike, imaginative quality so often found in his work.
As a child growing up in suburban New Jersey, Wiesner re-created his world daily in his imagination. His home and his neighborhood became anything from a faraway planet to a prehistoric jungle. When the everyday play stopped, he would follow his imaginary playmates into the pages of books, wandering among dinosaurs in the World Book Encyclopedia. The images before him generated a love of detail, an admiration for the creative process, and a curiosity about the hand behind the drawings.
In time, the young Wiesner began exploring the history of art, delving into the Renaissance at first — Michelangelo, Dürer, and da Vinci — then moving on to such surrealists as Magritte, de Chirico, and Dalí. As he got older, he would sit, inspired by these masters, at the oak drafting table his father had found for him and would construct new worlds on paper and create wordless comic books, such as Slop the Wonder Pig, and silent movies, like his kung fu vampire film The Saga of Butchula.
Wiesner has always been intrigued by and curious about what comes before and after the captured image. His books somehow convey the sequence of thoughts leading up to and following each picture, and that quality explain why they are frequently described as cinematic.
At the Rhode Island School of Design, Wiesner was able to commit himself to the full-time study of art and to explore further his passion for wordless storytelling. There he met two people who would figure prominently in his life: Tom Sgouros, to whom Tuesday is dedicated, and David Macaulay, to whom The Three Pigs is dedicated. These two men not only taught Wiesner the fundamentals of drawing and painting but also fostered his imaginative spirit and helped him comprehend the world around him. Sgouros's and Macaulay's artistic influences were vital to Wiesner's development into the acclaimed picture-book author he is today.
David Wiesner has illustrated more than twenty award-winning books for young readers. Two of the picture books he both wrote and illustrated became instant classics when they won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday in 1992 and The Three Pigs in 2002. Two of his other titles, Sector 7 and Free Fall, are Caldecott Honor Books. An exhibit of Wiesner's original artwork, "Seeing the Story," toured the United States in 2000 and 2001. Among his many honors, Wiesner holds the Japan Picture Book Award for Tuesday, the Prix Sorcières (the French equivalent of the Caldecott Medal) for The Three Pigs, and a 2004 IBBY Honour Book nomination for illustration, also for The Three Pigs. Flotsam, his most recent work, was a New York Times bestseller and was recently named winner of the 2007 Caldecott Medal, making Wiesner only the second person in the award’s long history to have won three times.
Wiesner lives with his wife and their son and daughter in the Philadelphia area, where he continues to create dreamlike and inventive images for books.
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