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A Very Fuddles Christmas

In this second story about Fuddles the cat (Fuddles, 2011), he is accidentally locked out of the house on Christmas Eve, leading to a snowy adventure for the pampered feline.
In the self-centered manner of most cats, Fuddles thinks all the special Christmas decorations and preparations must be there just for him. There’s an unguarded table with a huge turkey, packages with interesting ribbons, and an enormous tree with lights and sparkly ornaments, just waiting for him to climb. After the Christmas tree topples to the ground, a befuddled Fuddles runs out the open door just as guests are entering. But Fuddles is clearly an indoor cat. Suddenly, he is in a frozen, white world, and he can’t get back into the house. He rambles around his yard, plowing through the snowdrifts, before finding his way back into the house by sliding down the chimney. Vischer, an animator for Disney, provides polished, computer-generated illustrations, showing off the cat’s comical, high-energy antics with effective use of display type and white space. He uses a satisfying array of perspectives, including a surprising, all-black spread of the cat sliding down the chimney that is laugh-out-loud funny.
Fuddles is quite a character, and kids (and adults) who love cats will love Fuddles too. (Picture book. 4-7)


December Holiday Books
Reviewed on October 1, 2013
A Very Fuddles Christmas

The pampered feline star of Fuddles (2011) is back and on the prowl for holiday treats. When Fuddles follows the delectable aromas to the dining room and spies a fancy, feast-laden table, he can’t contain himself: “Me-wow!” But an authoritative voice shoos him from the dinner, presents, gingerbread house, and decorated tree, sending him scurrying right out the front door into the fluffy “white stuff” outside. Of course, once the family realizes what’s happened, they welcome Fuddles back in the style to which his tubby tummy has grown accustomed. The entertaining antics of this black-and-white charmer are charged by several memorable images, including a tumble down the dark chimney. Ages 4–7. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/16/2013
Release date: 10/01/2013


School Library Journal
A Very Fuddles Christmas

In this holiday follow-up to Fuddles (S & S, 2011), the fat, mischievous, black-and-white cat ends up demolishing the Christmas feast and decorations. Once again he is thrown outdoors, this time into the snow. After several humorous misadventures trying to get back in, a dramatic and hilarious spread shows his barely controlled descent down the chimney with an OOMPH, to a warm bath... a soft towel… and a home-cooked meal. Vischer’s expressive, full-color cartoon illustrations flow well with the text and will work well during storytime. Fuddles’s fans will not be disappointed.

–Maureen Wade, formerly at Los Angeles Public Library.


The Horn Book
A Very Fuddles Christmas

Fat and spoiled as ever, Fuddles the cat is back (Fuddles, 2011) in this comical holiday sequel. Fuddles can’t help but investigate the many holiday decorations and treats that surround him. When he accidentally knocks over the Christmas tree, he bolts through an open door and finds himself locked out in the snow. A rowdy squirrel chase sends him tumbling down the chimney and back inside, safe with his family. The digitally rendered illustrations capture Fuddles’s frantic feline physicality, as well as his contented expressions.

- Shara Hardeson


Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews
A Very Fuddles Christmas

Fuddles is a very fat, spoiled cat. Whatever he wants, he gets, even when what his wants is, quite frankly, outrageous. One day Fuddles wakes up and he smells something delicious. When he goes to investigate he sees that the dining table is loaded down with mouthwatering food. Naturally Fuddles assumes that the food is for him. When he jumps on the table he finds out that the turkey, pie and other delicious goodies are not for him. Neither are the wrapped presents, the gingerbread house, and the decorated tree. Fuddles does not fully appreciate this until he climbs the tree, tips it over and then somehow ends up on the wrong side of the front door.

   Something very strange has happened outside. The ground is covered with cold, wet, white stuff. Someone has taken away the grass and leaves and flowers. The environment is so alien and hostile that Fuddles soon gets hopelessly lost. Fuddles is in trouble. Again.

   This second Fuddles book is deliciously funny and readers will immediately fall in love with the chunky cat who is ruled by his stomach. The illustrations will make readers laugh out loud and they are beautifully complimented by the carefully understated text.

- Marya Jansen-Gruber


Reviews and Quotes about FUDDLES:

This story about a coddled cat contains few surprises, although Vischer's illustrations are both lively and skillful. When Fuddles suddenly decides his life needs adventure, he's shocked when, for the first time, he's told no. "You're not allowed to go outside," says his owner. Undeterred, the befuddled Fuddles dreams of "scaling mountains and fighting ferocious foes," and when his chance for escape arrives, he takes it. But what awaits is a series of slapstick misadventures as Fuddles ends up plopped into a disgusting birdbath, laughed at by squirrels, chased by a dog, and hopelessly lost. Vischer (Jimmy Dabble) shows all sides of Fuddles's personality: his daring, thought-bubble fantasies (snagging a fish from a raging river or going head-to-head with a bear) contrast with the royal treatment he receives at home as well as the reality of life on the street (er, cul-du-sac). The book's message, though, runs counter to the popular wisdom of encouraging children to follow their dreams: Fuddles begins and ends the book as a pampered cat, one who has learned that staying among "friendly, familiar faces" is much better than seeking adventure.

- Publishers Weekly,
Reviewed on: 04/04/2011

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Reviews and Quotes about JIMMY DABBLE:

"... In a lighthearted style, Vischer constructs a believable fantasy in which the squabbling hens, wise cow, friendly sheep, and a pig named Al become Jimmy's companions on many adventures. It turns out that these animals are talented and save the day in a melodramatic twist, at the end of the story, that children will enjoy. Add to the mix a zany grandmother, a not-so-scary creature named Beebo who lives in the dark woods, and a disaster or two, and you have the ingredients for a story that children will appreciate. Vischer's abundant, large-sized cartoons and spot-art creations are as lively and exuberant as the text. The diversity of characters and ample dialogue make the book a good choice as either a group read-aloud or an independent read. Not quite so complex as E. B. White's Charlotte's Web (Harper Collins, 1952) or a Roald Dahl creation, Jimmy Dabble will expose children to a well-written fantasy and leave many of them searching for similar titles."

- Lee Bock,
Glenbrook Elementary School as published in School Library Journal August, 2001


"I like Frans Vischer's animation of Darla Dimple in "Cats Don't Dance." ... In Jimmy Dabble he once again surprises his audience, avoiding cliches to present unexpected plot twists that are ultimately more satisfying and entertaining."

- Charles Solomon,
Animation historian and critic August, 2001

Fuddles on Flowers Print

…your book fuddles... he's really cute and funny;

…he is adorable-really. and I love your colors and design through out.
"spoiled, spoiled..." hilarious.

The book is fantastic; the images literally jump out at you. wonderful, wonderful.

- David Catrow


cow illustration from Jimmy Dabble


Reading Fuddles was easy and a pleasure. From the first page it's apparent we're in very competent, confidant hands with the story and the art.

Your fat cat character is a great clown. I would have known --even without the flap photo--that this book was drawn by a cat-lover. In particular I love the way he is totally curled-up in that self-comforting cat-nap way in the garden, and how he loves having his hind-end scratched in just that place, in the final illustration. (A clever way of saying "The End".)

I like the way you bend your spaces --very cinematic-- but of course!-- and your sense of timing. When things finally explode (with Fuddles leaping out of the garden,) it’s great the way even the flowers are shooting skyward, like little rockets.

My favorite part of the book –and what I would look forward to every night, if I were reading this to a kid—is that aerial panorama of the neighborhood, with darkness washing over the land ( from east to west, even! Bravo!) and, of course, those little paw prints, which I assume one can follow, tracking our hero’s progress on his adventure. This is the kind of thing that can work only in a book, and so I commend you on what you’ve done to preserve the tradition.

- David Small
Frans Vischer