Mr. Tuggle's Trouble

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Poor Mr. Tuggle is having a bad week. It all begins on Monday when he can't find his hat. It would have come in handy when that pigeon flew over his head. The missing hat is just the beginning, however. Each morning begins with a promise of a new day, and each day brings more trouble to Mr. Tuggle. This comic tale by LeeAnn Blankenship features an endearing, Chaplinesque character brought to life with madcap illustrations by Karen Dugan.

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Overview

Poor Mr. Tuggle is having a bad week. It all begins on Monday when he can't find his hat. It would have come in handy when that pigeon flew over his head. The missing hat is just the beginning, however. Each morning begins with a promise of a new day, and each day brings more trouble to Mr. Tuggle. This comic tale by LeeAnn Blankenship features an endearing, Chaplinesque character brought to life with madcap illustrations by Karen Dugan.

As more and more of his clothes go missing, Mr. Toggle finds himself wearing a strange assortment of items until he finally realizes what he has to do.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Poor, disorganized Mr. Tuggle. He begins his week on Monday unable to find his hat amid the chaos of his house. When a pigeon bombs him on a park bench, he realizes he needs a hat, and makes a newspaper one. On Tuesday it is his shoes he cannot find. When his bare feet get stepped on, he ties boxes on his feet. On Wednesday, he substitutes curtains for his missing shirt. Thursday a picture from the wall protects him from the rain instead of his missing umbrella. By now he makes quite an amusing appearance. In desperation, he cleans up at home and manages to find all the lost clothes. He faces Friday confident all will be well. The last page is a wordless joke. Although the text is a spare, straightforward exposition, the visual narrative is anything but. Dugan's detailed watercolors visualize the comic tale in assorted bursts of action, beginning with a scene of our hero getting up from his rumpled bed, shared with three cats, and surrounded by cluttered tables, floor strewn with all kinds of stuff. The frantic search, where he is seen three times, exposes his room as a disaster zone. His daily bus ride adds drama. He stands while the seats are occupied each morning by the same passengers, who change their reactions according to his wildly-changing appearance. An encouragement here to heed the perpetual parental request to "clean your room!" 2005, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Mr. Tuggle wakes up on a spring day and cannot find his hat in his messy apartment. He goes to work bareheaded, but later regrets his decision when a bird makes a mess in his hair while he eats lunch in the park. Back at the office, he folds and dons a newspaper hat and people stare at his odd attire. Each morning, another piece of clothing goes missing, only to be replaced by a homemade item: instead of shoes, he ties boxes to his feet; he fashions a shirt out of curtains; and he uses a picture from his office as an umbrella. When he sees his reflection in a shop window, he realizes how silly he looks. That evening, he straightens up his home and puts his clothes away so they will be easy to find. On Friday morning, he looks forward to a great day; the final illustration shows him cheerfully heading down the street, unaware that he is not wearing pants. Dugan's watercolor illustrations cleverly play up Mr. Tuggle's silly predicaments, and clean white backdrops keep readers' attention focused on his exploits. The sight of a thin, balding man with a small mustache who seems so fastidious and proper wearing newspapers, boxes, and curtains will elicit lots of laughs.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Mr. Tuggle has his struggles: He can't find his clothes in his messy apartment. Each morning he misses one item of clothing and then has to improvise at his office: a folded newspaper for a hat, boxes for shoes, curtains for a shirt and so on. After he catches sight of himself in a window reflection, he cleans up his house and lays out his clothes for the next night, only to be thwarted by his three mischievous cats. They hide his pants, and the absent-minded Mr. Tuggle heads off for work on the last page neatly dressed in hat, shirt, tie and red, polka-dotted underwear. Detailed watercolor illustrations provide humorous views of the main character's unusual clothing replacements as his outfit deteriorates over the course of the week. Mr. Tuggle has an odd sort of quirky charm: He solves his problems in his own way and doesn't even notice all the disapproving looks from other less inventive folk. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590781968
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Background: LeeAnn has had stories published in Highlights and Cricket. She is under contract with Boyds Mills Press for Mr. Tuggle's Troubles, was named Highlights "Author of the Month" in March 2003, and received an honorable mention in the creative nonfiction category of the Best of Ohio Writers in 1998. LeeAnn, who earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from West Virginia Wesleyan College and did graduate work in early childhood education at the University of Maryland, has taught elementary school and is a licensed social worker. Who am I? "I am a young teen trapped in a 58-year-old body! Some of the things I love are children, the out-of-doors, starry nights and the full moon, lively music, marching bands, and carousels, horseback riding, porch swings, laughter, and strong, long-lasting hugs from my husband and children. I love the exhilarating feeling when the first draft of something I've written is finished. I love the polishing, revising, and crafting to make it shine." My favorite character from children's literature is: "Corduroy because he is so cuddly in appearance and has such a sweet innocence about him."

Karen Dugan has worked on more than twenty-five books, eight with Boyds Mills Press, including If I Had a Snowplow by Jean L. S. Patrick and Tea Party Today: Poems to Sip and Savor by Eileen Spinelli. She lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Delightful and wise!

    Mr. Tuggle¿s Troubles is a charming cautionary tale filled with whimsy and the gentle lesson that there is a place for everything and everything has a place. This bright tale is told with humor and warmth and suitable for all ages ¿ including adults.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    A LESSON TO BE LEARNED IN THIS SMILE PROVOKING STORY

    All of us have difficulties from time to time, but Mr. Tuggle is having an especially troublesome week. It began on a Monday, a beautiful spring day, but not for Mr. Tuggle because he cannot find his hat. Dismissing the idea of even needing a hat, he went off to work. There was more to come - as he sat outside eating his lunch a pigeon dropped a souvenir on his head. 'Jumpin' jelly beans!' cried Mr. Tuggle. 'I guess I do need a hat.' So, he made a hat out of a newspaper and tied it on with a string. Tuesday didn't get much better because on that morning he couldn't find his shoes. Youngsters will laugh when they discover what Mr. Tuggle substitutes for shoes, and what he did when he couldn't find his shirt. Finally, Mr. Tuggle discovers how much easier life is when he simply puts everything away where it belongs so that things are easily found. Maybe youngsters will learn the same lesson in this smile provoking story. Mr. Tuggle looks a bit like Ed Wynn in Karen Dugan's amusing watercolor illustrations. Cat fanciers will especially enjoy Mr. Tuggle's feline friends. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    A Classic Read-A-Loud Funny Story

    Mr. Tuggle's Troubles is the perfect story to read out loud to pre-K through second grade! There's a laughable moment with each turn of the page. The delightful illustrations fit the memorable text. Children will be able to join in with refrains. Mr. Tuggle is a great lead-in for a classroom discussion about responsibility. A story we can relate to at any age!

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