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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.