Tales of Tiddly

Tales of Tiddly

by Dolores Modrell, Ellen Eagle

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-- Three stories about a young stray cat, Tiddly, who is adopted by the feline dandy Mr. Bones and his canine housemate, Uncle Meezo. At the risk of attributing more depth to this book than its apparent lack of substance warrants, some observations should be made. The anthropomorphism does not disguise the fact that Tiddly is a homeless child who is picked off the street by a stranger and taken home. The two male housemates provide a loving environment but encourage him to play alone. Uncle Meezo's forgetfulness has all the earmarks of Alzheimer's disease. The illustrations are appealing in their mixture of soft and bold colors, but they are uneven. Some are lively; others are flat and static. While the numerous depictions of adults displaying affection for the foundling may be interpreted as indications of love and nurturing, a scene in which Mr. Bones and Uncle Meezo wallpaper Tiddly's room includes miniatures of the three characters, supposedly dolls, lying on the bed, arms around one another. At the very least, this raises some serious questions concerning appropriateness of message. Of marginal literary quality and questionable taste and content, this title is not a wise choice.--Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

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Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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4 - 6 Years

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