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Children's LiteratureThe proverbial favorite word of two-year-olds takes center stage in this first picture book by adult novelist Anne Tyler. Timothy Tugbottom liked things as they were and said an emphatic "No" to anything new. He wore his faded pants in preference to new ones with multiple pockets, preferred the same cereal to blueberry muffins, wanted the same book read every night at bedtimes not the new one about dinosaurs, and he did not want to go to Polly's birthday party even though she had candles that sparkled like firecrackers. When his parents bought him a new trundle bed, Timothy refused to sleep in it because it was different, and he climbed into his comfortable crib. It was not an easy night, as Timothy tossed and turned in a crib that was just too small. In the morning Timothy Tugbottom was ready to try new things. Timothy's turnaround does seem too abrupt and, while he acts like a typical two- or three-year-old, he appears to be more like a five-year-old attending school everyday. These minor criticisms aside, parents may welcome this book to share with stubborn little ones content with the status quo. The watercolor illustrations have a warm, homey look to them and depict surroundings and events familiar to young readers. 2005, Putnam/Penguin, Ages 3 to 6.