Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
Mr. Putter is writing a book!
Children's LiteratureMr. Putter sets out to be a mystery writer. But first, he needs a snack, and for three days, the snack preparation time outweighs the writing time about a hundred to one. Finally, Mr. Putter writes, but it is not his hoped-for mystery. Instead, it is a list of "Good Things," which he shares with his neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog. When she gives his work a great review, they celebrate with vanilla malts at the local soda shop. Writers who are stuck with all those tricky bits of writing: how to begin, how to keep going, and being surprised by a topic that is not what they started out with, will identify with Mr. Putter's gentle dilemmas and final satisfactions. Older readers may appreciate the way a person overcomes writer's block, which will go right over the head of young readers. Howard's mixed media celebrations of the two old friends, the depictions of Mr. Putter's cozy house and hearth against the snowy setting, plus the pleasantly varied page design all contribute warmth to this cheerful thirteenth book in the excellent "Mr. Putter and Tabby" series. 2004, Harcourt, Ages 5 to 9.
Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library JournalK-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 Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the PublisherPraise for Books in the Mr. Putter & Tabby Series:
"Winsome and warmhearted, these books could become instant favorites."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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