Quiet, Wyatt!

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It seems "Quiet, Wyatt" is always the answer when Wyatt asks to do anything. His father says he's not big enough to help make breakfast, the big kids say he's too young to play with them, and Wyatt's mom says he's not old enough to buy the cute, fluffy puppy from the pet store.

Well, Wyatt may be small now, but someday he's going to be big enough to do everything. And he's going to make sure everyone knows ...
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Overview

It seems "Quiet, Wyatt" is always the answer when Wyatt asks to do anything. His father says he's not big enough to help make breakfast, the big kids say he's too young to play with them, and Wyatt's mom says he's not old enough to buy the cute, fluffy puppy from the pet store.

Well, Wyatt may be small now, but someday he's going to be big enough to do everything. And he's going to make sure everyone knows it!

Everyone is always telling Wyatt to be quiet because he's too young, but when he gets mad and stops talking, it seems that maybe he wasn't so annoying after all.

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Every kid knows what it's like to be told he or she is too little or young to do something: It's frustrating! And nobody knows that horrible feeling better than the boy in Bill Maynard's new picture book, QUIET, WYATT! It seems that whenever Wyatt asks for the chance to do anything, he gets the same answer: "Quiet, Wyatt!" The big kids won't let him fly a model plane, his sister won't let him dry the car she's washing, his father won't let him help cook breakfast, and his mother won't let him buy a puppy — all because he's not big enough.

Initially, Wyatt feels sad. Then he becomes angry. He thinks, "Nobody will listen to me. Nobody thinks that I'm big enough or old enough to do anything. But I'll change their minds." First, Wyatt shouts outside his house to get people's attention: "I'm Wyatt! Someday I'll be the biggest kid on the street." Then he yells on the football field: "I'm Wyatt! And someday I'm going to be big enough to kick a football all the way up to the sky." But nobody wants to listen; "Quiet, Wyatt" is the only response he gets. Finally, Wyatt does just that: He decides to stop speaking completely.

In his silent state, Wyatt notices a lot of important things — and keeps them to himself. He doesn't tell the big kids where their lost airplane is, doesn't warn his sister about an approaching rain cloud while she's washing the car, and he doesn't tell his dad that an egg left on the counter is about to roll onto the floor. It's only when Wyatt thinks a puppy's life is in danger that he finally opens up his mouth: "THE PUPPYISHIDING UNDER THE MAILMAN'S TRUCK!" he shouts.

After this, everyone begins to see Wyatt in a new light. People who were once dismissive of him suddenly appreciate the little boy and his words: "It's a good thing that Wyatt said something," one of his neighbors remarks. Wyatt's parents even reward him for speaking up by buying him the puppy whose life he saved. Everyone realizes that despite Wyatt's small size, he can — and has — made a difference.

QUIET, WYATT! is a delightful story that brings to life a universal experience of childhood — and proves that you don't have to be a grown-up to have something important to say.

—Jamie Levine

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Punchy rhymes come at the expense of the story line in this slim tale. Each time Wyatt acts curious or offers to help, he is met with a rhyming jibe: "Quiet, Wyatt!" His family and neighbors tell him that he's "not big enough" and "not old enough" to fly a model plane, dry a car, fry an egg or buy a pet. Frustrated, Wyatt tries to get attention by shouting, then finally submits to the relentless repetitions of the title refrain. Yet Wyatt has valuable information ("The big kids lost their airplane. Wyatt knew where it was. But Wyatt was quiet"). When he finally breaks his silence to point out a puppy hiding under a truck, Wyatt gains his community's approval. The anticipated refrains follow: thereafter, the kids lend him their toy plane ("Fly it, Wyatt"), his sister lets him dry the car ("Dry it, Wyatt"), his dad lets him make breakfast ("Fry it, Wyatt") and the puppy gets a new home ("Let's buy it, Wyatt!"). Textured paper, in muted shades of olive, rose and blue, provides a ground for grainy colored-pencil lines and gently applied gouache. Pastel-soft settings showcase cartoonishly cute characters, who have oversize, stylized heads on skinny bodies. Maynard and Remkiewicz (previously teamed up for Incredible Ned) make a treacly appeal for indulgence on Wyatt's behalf, with the subtext that children should be seen and not heard until absolutely necessary. Ages 4-8. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 2-Whether Wyatt wants to play with the big kids, cook with his dad, or help his big sister wash the car, the answer is always the same: "Quiet, Wyatt. You're not old enough...." Worst of all, his parents won't buy him the puppy he wants because they feel he's too young to care for it. So, after screaming his protest, the child resolves to take his elders literally and remain silent. Even when he has information that can avert disasters, he is quiet-until the puppy escapes from the pet store and is in danger. When he saves it, Wyatt's family and neighbors see him in a new light, and his parents buy him the dog. Remkiewicz's gouache and colored-pencil cartoons are large, nicely textured, and appropriately childlike. The depiction of Wyatt sporting his father's hat, coat, and briefcase and shouting his rage to the neighborhood at dawn captures the youngster's frustration while lightening the moment by showing him swallowed up in the oversized clothing. Young readers will easily predict the sequence of events in the repetitive plot and relish chiming in with "Quiet, Wyatt!" and they will surely find in him a kindred soul.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Maynard takes on a universal experience of childhood and pushes it in alarming directions. No matter what he wants to do, Wyatt is told he's too little: the big kids won't let him fly a model plane, his big sister won't let him dry the car she's washing, his father won't let him fry an egg, and his mother won't let him buy a puppy. Wyatt then proves his immaturity by asserting himself, only to be drowned out by several choruses of "Quiet, Wyatt!" He resolves not to speak: not when the big kids lose their plane and he knows where it is, not when clouds approach to abolish his sister's efforts to polish the car, not when an egg is falling off a counter, and not when the mailman's laces are untied and he takes a fall. Only a puppy under the wheels of the mail truck can break Wyatt's silence, and after he saves the puppy, he's allowed many new privileges. The gouache and colored pencil illustrations are done on colored paper, which makes for a satisfying texture behind the round-headed figures and familiar domestic scenes. The soothing resolution—Wyatt gets a puppy he probably doesn't deserve—will not persuade children that adults are just, but that they can be steered into decisions. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399232176
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/21/1999
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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