Mr. Putter & Tabby Clear the Decks

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A boring day can be solved with an adventure at sea!

In the nineteenth book in this beloved series, Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, are itchy. Not because of fleas, but because it is hot, they’re bored, and they’re out of orangesicles. So when their neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, suggests a sightseeing cruise, they’re excited to set sail!

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Overview

A boring day can be solved with an adventure at sea!

In the nineteenth book in this beloved series, Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, are itchy. Not because of fleas, but because it is hot, they’re bored, and they’re out of orangesicles. So when their neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, suggests a sightseeing cruise, they’re excited to set sail!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
Mr. Putter and his cat, Tabby, are hot, itchy, and bored with summer and in dire need of adventure. Help comes in the form of Mr. Putter's and Tabby's very adventurous friends, Mrs. Teaberry and her dog, Zeke, who find an adventure worthy of the name. Mrs. Teaberry organizes a sightseeing cruise on a sailboat for the foursome which not only features wind, waves, and sunshine, but also an orangesicle-bearing sea captain. Mr. Putter and Tabby are thrilled, But problems arise when Zeke the dog decides he's not really finished with the sailing adventure, and refuses to get off the ship. Although Mrs. Teaberry makes a huge effort to get her recalcitrant dog to disembark, it is up to the captain to save the day. He spends some quiet time talking to Zeke about life at sea, and finally gives Zeke a toy sailing ship for him to take home as a souvenir of his day on the water. All is well, and everyone goes home happy and fulfilled. The genius behind Rylant's work is that she is able to get to the core of childhood dilemmas and provide satisfying solutions in such simple, clear ways. It is difficult for children to make transitions from season to season; even more difficult is to cope with the end of a fun activity. Through Mr. Putter, Tabby, Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke, young readers and their parents and caregivers can see that it's perfectly normal to have these kinds of feelings. Further, Rylant offers a solution that works both in the book, and in real life. No wonder that this author of more than 100 books for kids is a perennial favorite of both young and old. This is the twentieth book in the "Mr. Putter and Tabby" series for emerging readers, and like the others, it is well worth reading more than once. Recommended for ages 6 to 9. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Rylant's adorable characters are bored, so Mr. Potter's neighbor Mrs. Teaberry suggests an adventure on a sightseeing boat. The Olden Days is the perfect vessel. Mrs. Teaberry's dog, Zeke, loves it so much that he doesn't want to leave and sinks his teeth into the mast, and the captain helps them out. Howard's delightful pictures created with pencil, watercolor, and gouache add humor and panache to the story. A welcome addition to easy-reader collections.—Loreli Stochaj, Franklin School, Summit, NJ
From the Publisher
Praise for the Mr. Putter and Tabby series:
 
* "Will keep readers glued to the pages."—School Library Journal, starred review
 
"Besides being wonderful fun, this is a great way to introduce new readers to the chapter-book format."—Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152067151
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/13/2010
  • Series: Mr. Putter and Tabby Series
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 941,800
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant is a Newbery Medalist and the author of many acclaimed books for young people. She's well known for her popular characters for early readers, including Mr. Putter & Tabby and Henry and Mudge. She lives near Portland, Oregon. Visit her website at www.cynthiarylant.com .

Arthur Howard created the lively illustrations for all of the Mr. Putter & Tabby books and has written and illustrated several picture books of his own. He lives in New York City.

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