“Mr. Wuffles” by David Wiesner; Clarion Books, $13.99 32 pages, all ages.
Mr. Wuffles is a very particular cat. The only toy he enjoys is a silver ball that resembles a miniature spacecraft. As it turns out, there are actual aliens in the tiny vessel, and after their craft suffers damage during an unwanted round of playtime, they resolve to repair their ship by enlisting the help of the local ants and ladybugs. Minimal text and a comic-book layout require parental interpretation, but, just as the alien species overcome communication barriers to fix their ship, families will also figure out how to tell and retell this zany and loveable picture book. Three-time Caldecott winner David Weisner knows how to tell as story with hardly any words at all.