Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Book review: Mr. Putter and Tabby Write The Book

K-Gr 2-On a cold, snowy day, Mr. Putter decides to write a mystery novel. He has everything an author needs-"a soft chair, a warm fire, and a good cat"-except for an idea for the plot. After coming up with a title, he is ready for a break (he "spent three minutes on his title and four hours on his snack"). Then, of course, it's time to take a nap. This happens for three days and finally Mr. Putter decides to write a list of "Good Things" ("Yellow cats," "Cinnamon toast," etc.) instead of a mystery. When he finishes his masterpiece, he takes it next door to his friend, Mrs. Teaberry, who gives it a rave review. In this accessible easy-to-read book, Rylant provides all of the right ingredients: a sense of humor, a believable depiction of a realistic situation, and a true understanding of friendship. Vibrant pencil, watercolor, and gouache illustrations reflect the warm relationship between the man and his pet; whether Mr. Putter is making a cheese ball or staring into space while awaiting inspiration, Tabby is close by, providing companionship and support. Fans of the series as well as newcomers will welcome this story.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City

This truly is a great series. Every book that I have purchased with these characters have been a joy to read out loud. Cynthia Rylant has made Mr. Putter and his lifestyle very believable. With his laid-back but adventurous endeavours both he and his cat, Tabby are so loveable. If you haven't yet discovered these books now is the time to purchase one and introduce Mr. Putter to your kids. The nice thing is that emerging readers can handle the text and the accompanying adult who is listening will also be blessed by both the text and the illustrations. Read on.
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