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Mr. Wuffles!
David Wiesner
Clarion Books
Fiction, YA Picture Book
****+

DESCRIPTION: A cat ignores the many toys offered by his desperate owner. He's far more interested in a shiny flying object... the one with the little scurrying figures inside. Meanwhile, an alien expedition to a new world goes horribly wrong when a giant black and white beast damages their ship.

REVIEW: A wordless picture book tells the story of the aloof Mr. Wuffles and his alien encounter. As the cat delights in his new toy, the aliens must seek help from native ants and bugs living in the house walls - a cultural exchange that may have lasting implications. Meanwhile, the oblivious human wonders why his friend turns his whiskered nose up at his kitty toys. A fun read with bright pictures.

You might also enjoy:
Heart of a Tiger (Marsha Diane Arnold, YA Picture Book - A kitten tracks a tiger in the jungle)
Catkin (Antonia Barber, YA Picture Book - A tiny cat saves a girl abducted by fairies)
The Journey trilogy (Aaron Becker, YA Picture Book - A girl's magic red pen allows her to enter and explore a world of wonders)
Cat Hiss-tory: A Feline Tour through the Ages (Bill Bell, YA Picture Book - Fanciful "history" picture book starring cats)
Comet's Nine Lives (Jan Brett, YA Picture Book - A cat searches for a home before he runs out of lives)
Why Cats Paint (Heather Busch and Burton Silver, Fiction - A deadpan parody of the art world explains feline aesthetic movements)
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (T. S. Eliot, Poetry - The whimsical verses that inspired the musical "Cats")
The Nine Lives of Algernon (John Jenkins Espey, Fiction - A cat lives each of his nine lives to the fullest)
The World is Your Litter Box: Deluxe Edition (Steve Fisher, Fiction - Siamese mix Quasi offers advice to other cats)
The Devious Book for Cats (Fluffy & Bonkers, Fiction - A parody guidebook for the domestic cat)
Never Let Your Cat Make Lunch For You (Lee Harris, YA Picture Book - A young girl's talented cat helps out in the kitchen)
Bunnicula (Deborah and James Howe, YA Fiction - Suspecting a new pet of vampirism, a housecat and his canine friend investigate)
Star Cats: A Feline Zodiac (Lesley Ann Ivory, Fiction - A book on the zodiac, with beautiful cat artwork)
Snow Leopard (Jackie Morris, YA Picture Book - A magical snow leopard protects a village)
Lord of the Forest (Jackie Morris and Caroline Pitcher, YA Picture Book - A tiger seeks the legendary lord of the forest)
The Cinder-Eyed Cats (Eric Rohmann, YA Picture Book - In a world of dreams, great cats and bright fish dance through the night skies)
There Are Cats in this Book (Viviane Schwartz, YA Picture Book - Three storybook cats need help to play)
There Are No Cats in this Book (Viviane Schwartz, YA Picture Book - Three storybook cats want to visit the real world)
Fairy Foals (Suzannah, YA Picture Book - An artist discovers tiny winged horses in her garden)
This Book Is Not About Dragons (Shelley Moore Thomas, YA Picture Book - A mouse narrator vehemntly denies the dragons lurking in a picture book)
Sir Toby Jingle's Beastly Journey (Wallace Tripp, YA Fiction - An aging knight sets out on one last journey to seek his fortune)
The Dragon Machine (Helen Ward, YA Picture Book - A young boy starts seeing dragons everywhere)
Chester (Mélanie Watt, YA Picture Book - A cat takes his red marker to an author's storybook)
Chester's Back! (Mélanie Watt, YA Picture Book - A storybook cat fights with the author for creative control)

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Sector 7
David Wiesner
Clarion Books
Fiction, YA Picture Book
****

DESCRIPTION: On a foggy field trip to the Empire State Building, a young artist meets a playful cloud. It carries him to the secret cloud factory high above the world, where clouds are created and dispatched around the globe - but the clouds aren't happy with the plans they've been given. Maybe the boy can help...

REVIEW: This wordless picture book was on top of a bin at work during some down time, so I gave it a try. It's an imaginative adventure, from the hat-stealing cloud to the great floating factory of Sector 7, with interesting illustrations. The story is simple but satisfying.

You might also enjoy:
Animalia (Graeme Base, YA Picture Book - An imaginative A-to-Z picture book featuring animals)
The Journey trilogy (Aaron Becker, YA Picture Book - A girl's magic red pen allows her to enter and explore a world of wonders)
The Curious Garden (Peter Brown, YA Picture Book - A city boy meets a neglected garden)
The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home (Drew Daywalt, YA Picture Book - Letters and postcards from a boy's box of crayons)
Tell Me a Dragon (Jackie Morris, YA Picture Book - Everyone has their own unique dragon)
Dragons Love (Stephen Parlato, YA Picture Book - Dragons love many wondrous, imaginative things in the world)
Clouds (Pekka Parviainen, Nonfiction - A photo gallery of clouds from around the world)
The Cinder-Eyed Cats (Eric Rohmann, YA Picture Book - In a world of dreams, great cats and bright fish dance through the night skies)
Fairy Foals (Suzannah, YA Picture Book - An artist discovers tiny winged horses in her garden)
The Imagine... books (Sarah L. Thompson, YA Picture Book - Optical illusion paintingss by Rob Gonsalves, augmented by Thompson's short verses)
The Dragon Machine (Helen Ward, YA Picture Book - A young boy starts seeing dragons everywhere)
The Flying Dragon Room (Audrey Wood, YA Picture Book - A boy uses a special tookit to build fantastic rooms)
What Do You Do With an Idea? (Kobi Yamada, YA Picture Book - A child befriends a little idea, and helps it grow big)
Mr. Wuffles! (David Wiesner, YA Picture Book - A housecat's new "toy" is a tiny alien ship)
Teacup (Rebecca Young, YA Picture Book - A boy sets out across an unknown sea with little more than a teacup of earth from his lost home)

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