Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book
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Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book

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by Cynthia Rylant, Arthur Howard
     
 

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Mr. Putter has decided to write a book--a mystery novel, to be exact. But being a writer is way more challenging than it looks. There's all that empty white paper to fill, all those tasty snacks to prepare (and eat), and then there are the naps. . . .

This delightful new addition to the Mr. Putter and Tabby series is a tribute to good stories,

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Mr. Putter has decided to write a book--a mystery novel, to be exact. But being a writer is way more challenging than it looks. There's all that empty white paper to fill, all those tasty snacks to prepare (and eat), and then there are the naps. . . .

This delightful new addition to the Mr. Putter and Tabby series is a tribute to good stories, delicious snacks, and wonderful next-door neighbors. And with its hilarious send-up of the challenges of the writing process, it's sure to become a favorite with aspiring authors of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Mr. 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 Journal
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 Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

Praise 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152002411
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
Mr. Putter and Tabby Series, #13
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
44
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author


CYNTHIA RYLANT is the acclaimed author of more than eighty books for young people, and her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

ARTHUR HOWARD is the illustrator of the Bubba and Beau series by Kathi Appelt. He has also written and illustrated four picture books of his own: Serious Trouble, Hoodwinked, When I Was Five, and Cosmo Zooms. He lives in New York City.

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Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DVK More than 1 year ago
The "Mr. Putter and Tabby" series-heartwarming and funny. Every group of second graders I have taught has loved them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son who is dyslexic and is learning different and I love the book. We discuss how old Mr. Putter and himself are one in the same. We all have difficulties and one has to learn how to overcome. We have read it many times and always find joy in reading together. Thank you Ms. Rylant in sharing this story and having an 7 year old relate with old Mr. Putter.