Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Happy Book Birthday, Don't Worry, Wuddles by Lita Judge!

by Lita Judge
Atheneum Books
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

In this snowy day picture book, a kindhearted but overeager duckling tries to be helpful by sharing Wuddles the sheep’s wool to make sure all their animal friends stay warm—but will there be enough for Wuddles?

Snow is coming, and the barnyard animals are preparing for the cold. Duckling has an excellent idea! Fleecy Wuddles the sheep has plenty of wool to keep everyone nice and toasty. Surely Wuddles doesn’t mind sharing? Soon there’s a goat in legwarmers, piglets in onesies, and more! But will this outpouring of generosity leave Wuddles himself out in the cold? Not to worry—Duckling has one final, absolutely heartwarming idea!

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Quite a bit of eyebrow-raising silliness snuggles into puffy warmth to create a smile on the face.

It's going to snow, and that means the cold is coming, too. But nobody has to worry because the duckling knows exactly what to do. To make sure Wuddles, the very fluffy, woolly sheep, doesn't feel guilty about its excess access to warmth, the duckling weaves together all sorts of warming accessories for the animals, who might suffer from chilly temperatures. But that's not the only idea this ducky has. 

This is a cute read with enough silliness to guarantee a few snorts and giggles, a bit of ridiculousness to let the reader feel uneasy, and positive vibes demanding for a loving snuggle to match. The duckling's energy runs at high-gear, and while its heart is in the right place, even listeners will quickly catch-on to the slightly-off thought pattern. And yet, its hard not to think that maybe that duckling isn't completely wrong. It's so sweet...in its own way.

The illustrations add to the text in the most delightful way as the humor especially hits the animals' expressions and reactions. Plus, Wuddles has such a fluffy, wonderful wool that it's hard not to want to dive right in. It's fun from beginning to end and wraps off on the perfect note. This is a read for groups and individuals, and will want to be heard more than a few times.

And here she is...
Lita Judge is the award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books, including Flight SchoolPenguin Flies Home, Red SledRed HatGood Morning to Me!Born in the WildEven the Smallest Will GrowWhen You Need Wings, and her illustrated young adult novel, Mary’s Monster. She lives with her husband, two cats, and a parrot in New Hampshire. You can visit her online at LitaJudge.com.

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