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Quiet, Wyatt!
Maynard, Bill.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
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.
Reading Level:
280 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 31079.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 22039 Guided reading level: L.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Little Books

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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 it!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. It's every frustrated preschooler's fantasy, told with verve and rhythm and sweet revenge. Every time Wyatt wants to have fun, he's told, "Quiet, Wyatt! You're not old enough." Remkiewicz's simple, expressive pictures in gouache and colored pencil show the eager boy asking to join in: to play ball with the big kids in the street, to help his sister dry her car, to fry an egg, to care for a puppy. At first, Wyatt is sad at the rejection. Then he gets angry. He will change things. He tries yelling for attention ("I'm Wyatt!"), but that doesn't work. He decides to be quiet, and that is power. He sees problems but does nothing to help--until the puppy is in danger, and Wyatt shouts to save its life. After that, Wyatt gets respect, and everyone asks him to join in ("Fry it, Wyatt"). The funny rhymes, the satisfying reversals, and the child-centered pictures show the power play, the kid's view of what's important. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.