Wednesday, March 20, 2019

No Talking!! Quiet Wyatt by Tammi Sauer

Quiet Wyatt liked quiet.

He was a spectacular tree in the school play.

He was a total star at Ninja Camp.

Naturally, his teachers appreciated his appropriate silence. That's probably why Wyatt's teacher paired him with Noreen on their nature field trip.

Noreen was anything but quiet.

In fact, Noreen is the notorious class motormouth. Wyatt's teacher logically assumes that if Wyatt won't talk to her, Noreen will have to keep quiet.

Wrong! Wyatt's quiet just gave Noreen more chances to spout off, especially how good she is at everything outdoorsy. Demonstrating her superior canoe paddling technique, she falls in. Her idea of bird-watching is to clamber out on the limb to look at baby birds in the nest. Her trailblazing leads to the poison ivy patch, and her ziplining is so exciting that she shows off cartwheeling right over a trail sign and caterwauling at the top of her lungs: la la la La La LA LA LA!


Rumble, Rumble, RUMBLE! Emergency! Wyatt had to break his silence:


Noreen stops to thank Wyatt for the supposed compliment and spots the approaching avalanche.


Pulled out of harm's way just in time by Wyatt's silent ninja snatch, Noreen is (almost) speechless.

It seems Noreen really falls for the strong, silent type, in Tammi Sauer's Quiet Wyatt (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Clarion Books, 2018).

Arthur Howard, the quaintly comic creator of the illustrations in the best-selling early readers series, Henry and Mudge & Mr. Putter and Tabby Books: Set of 6 (Henry and Mudge and a Very Merry Christmas ~ Henry and Mudge Get the Cold Shivers ~ Henry and Mudge and the Wild Wind ~ Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat ~ Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake ~ Poppleton Has Fun) and Mr. Putter and Tabby Box Set of 6 ; Level 2 Readers is back to bring this school field trip tale to a quietly satisfying conclusion.

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