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Children's LiteraturePoor, 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