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 previous outing, blue cat Pete proved his ability to roll with the punches when his white sneakers were accidentally stained red. Sporting the red treads for the first day of school (they match his electric guitar), Pete is again unflappable. 'Pete has never been to the library before! Does Pete worry? Goodness, no! He finds his favorite book and sings his song.' School setting aside, little differentiates this book from its predecessor. There's humor to be found in the deadpan expressions of Pete and his fellow cats as he sits with friends in the lunchroom, plays at recess, and solves math problems on the board. But whether the simple refrain and Pete's blasÃ© attitude actually assuage anxious schoolgoers is another story. Pete's song is available as a download. Ages 3 7. (Aug.)" 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
Pete the Cat is back — and this time he's rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song... because it's all good.
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.
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 Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, four cats, and one dog.