Synopses & Reviews
A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book
and#160;In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesnand#39;t care about toy mice or toy goldfish. Heandrsquo;s much
more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliensandmdash;but the ship wasnand#39;t designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble.
When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends. The result? A humorous exploration of cooperation between aliens and insects, and of the universal nature of communication involving symbols, andldquo;caveandrdquo; paintings, and gestures of friendship.
"In his fourth picture book, Pete the Cat loves (and sings about) the buttons on his yellow shirt, but when they pop off one by one, he doesn't freak out: 'Did Pete cry? Goodness, no! Buttons come and buttons go.' In bold, primary colors, the number of buttons remaining on the shirt appears at left, both as a numeral and written out, and the diminishing buttons are represented in basic equations (3-1=2). Even after all his buttons are gone, Pete takes it as a cue to go surfing. Readers who need a reminder not to sweat the small stuff will find a model of unflappability in Pete. Ages 3 7." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Expertly imagined, composed, drawn and colored, this is Wiesner at his best."
and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"Wiesner once again produces a fantasy adventure that isn't like anything else around."
and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This exemplary Wiesnerian blend of ordinary and extraordinary incorporates the delights of Borrowers-style innovations, quintessential cat behavior, and Wiesner's own exquisitely fashioned art."
and#8212;The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"Once again Wiesner dips into his impressible imagination to deliver a mostly wordless conceptual picture book where the mundane and the magical collide. . . .Wiesner is a three-time Caldecott winner. Three. Fans will be ready to pounce."
and#8212;Booklist, starred review
"Visual storytelling at its best."
and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
"The award-winning Wiesner (his trophy collection would make Meryl Streep blush) is a master of the form, a magical realist who makes the commonplace seem suddenly more interesting."
and#8212;The Atlantic Wire
and#8220;Fans of Tuesday will recognize Wiesnerand#8217;s easy shift from the mundane to the fantastical here as well as his deft and plausible creation of a skewed reality. . . . On a more dramatic note, thereand#8217;s a Spielberg/Lucas level of glory to the bold ant-back and ladybug-flying escape scenes (you can practically hear the John Williams score).and#8221;
and#8212;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"As handsome as the big-eyed tabby that stares out from its cover."
and#8212;The New York Times Book Review
"Though the storytelling is gentle and the realistic illustrations soft-edged, there's plenty of emotional force in Lost Cat."
and#8212;The Wall Street Journal
"Given the appealing subject matter, tightly focused visual storytelling and feel-good resolution, Slipper's adventures will likely find an enthusiastic audience, particularly among feline fanciers."
"A neatly told story, sweet without being saccharine, that charms from beginning to end."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"The delightful story of a cat named Slipper that gets separated from its owner."
"This tale of a lost cat who searches for someone new to 'adopt' should appeal to every child with a pet (or hoping to have one)."
"There are dozens of lost pet stories but this one skillfully utilizes an intriguing cat's-eye-perspective, vivid illustrations, and a happy (if unrealistic) ending to satisfying effect. Succinct, sonorous text also makes for smooth reading aloud."
and#8212;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.
Another comicand#160;tour de force from three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner. Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat's territory to make emergency repairs.
After Slipper the cat is mistakenly left behind, she sets out to adopt a new family.
When Slipper is accidentally left behind, her journey begins. Luckily, everyone
wants to be with her. But Slipper won't settle for just any homeand#8212;she's determined to find the family that fits!
In shimmering pastels that bring each texture into brilliant focus, Roger Mader creates a story for all who believe in happily ever after.
About the Author
Eric Litwinis a guitar-strumming, song-singing, banjo-picking, tale-telling, song-writing, national-award-winning, music-producing, fun, folksy type of guy. He loves to blend song and story together and is inspired by the depth and simplicity of folk songs and folktales. Eric is a popular performer, delighting thousands of children and families every year. He has recorded two award-winning children's music CDs.
James Dean's art has sold in more than ninety galleries and shops across the United States. He has devoted his paintings to Pete the Cat for ten years and has turned his natural love for cats into his life's work. James published his first adult book, The Misadventures of Pete the Cat, a history of his artwork, in 2006. He illustrated his first self-published children's book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, in 2008, and the follow-up book, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, in 2011. James lives in Savannah, Georgia, with his wife, four cats, and one dog.