Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyA case of laryngitis brings on wacky misunderstandings; PW enjoyed ``the drollery used to rousing effect throughout... this story in which puns and absurdity reign.'' Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalThe success of this book hinges on the element of surprise and the humor readers find in Mr. Mumby's strange predicament: he awakens one morning with a mysterious throat complaint that results in a series of miscommunications and unbidden results. Intending to buy a dozen bagels he receives a dozing beagle, a panda bear instead of a pound of pears, etc. When he consults a doctor, the ``problem'' emerges--a bird had been lodged in his throat. Catalanotto's watercolors are arresting with their interesting color combinations, pliancy, and comic visual detail. The paintings loom large, perspective ever changing, edges melting; they give a sense of unbalance, of life being a bit out of focus and unpredictable. Perhaps because the tone of the story does not initially seem playful--and the portrayal of Mr. Mumby awakens not only curiosity but pathos--readers may be unprepared for the zany happenings to follow, but will willingly toss logic aside because of the cleverly executed illustrations. The text is not so strong or convincing. The wordplays are contrivances, remaining narrative explanations rather than the garbled requests of Mr. Mumby himself. And so, in the end, this is a perplexing book, entertaining but not as funny as it could be, interesting despite its shortcomings, impressive for it strengths. --Susan Powers, Berkeley Carroll Street School, Brooklyn
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The author, Peter Catalanotto, came to my elementary school and that is how I received this book. I am 19 now and it is still my favorite childrens book and it is a sin that no one has heard of it. The illustrations are painted by the author and are magnificent! The book is about a man who goes to run his errands and he cant seem to get what he asked for. When he asks his land lady if he can carry that she interprets "May I marry your cat?" I read this book to preschool classes all the time and they LOVE IT!!!