Don’t Worry, Wuddles

S. & S./Atheneum. Sept. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781665916769.
PreS-Gr 2–Wuddles is a very fluffy sheep who surely won’t mind sharing a little wool. Duckling wakes Wuddles with the news that snow is coming and some of the animals in the barn may need help staying warm. “Don’t worry, Wuddles. I have it covered. You don’t mind, do you?” Duckling asserts. Watercolor and colored pencil illustrations perfectly capture the enthusiasm of Duckling and the increasing irritation and alarm of Wuddles. At first the sleepy sheep barely lifts an eyelid as Duckling borrows some wool to make a scarf. But each new creation has Wuddles handing out a side-eye, outright glaring, and finally bleating out a wide-eyed “Bahhhhh!” of protest. Readers will laugh as they read about onesies for piglets, slippers for Dog, and a sweater-vest for Goose. As more and more animals are included in these snow day preparations, will Duckling ever let Wuddles have a say in where the wool goes? Judge combines text and images together seamlessly to capture the boundless energy of Duckling and the bewilderment of poor Wuddles.
VERDICT Perfect for fans of cumulative stories like Jan Brett’s The Mitten or animal antics such as Susan Stevens Crummel’s The Great Fuzz Frenzy.

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