Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book

Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book

5.0 2
by Cynthia Rylant, Arthur Howard (Illustrator)

Mr. Putter has always wanted to write a mystery novel—and Tabby is happy to help. But who knew there would be so many delicious distractions along the way?


Mr. Putter has always wanted to write a mystery novel—and Tabby is happy to help. But who knew there would be so many delicious distractions along the way?

Editorial Reviews

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)
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.

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Mr. Putter and Tabby Series , #13
Edition description:
First Edition
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.16(d)
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

CYNTHIA RYLANT has written nearly one hundred 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 popular Mr. Putter & Tabby series. He has also written and illustrated five picture books of his own, including The Hubbub Above. He lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

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.