Timothy Tugbottom Says No!


Timothy Tugbottom knows what he likes -- and he definitely does not like different. Blueberry muffins for breakfast? A new book at bedtime? A brand-new big-boy bed? No thank you, not for him. He's perfectly happy with his favorite cereal and his alphabet book -- not to mention the warm, safe crib he's been sleeping in his whole life. Although he has to admit his crib isn't quite as comfortable as it used to be....

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Timothy Tugbottom knows what he likes -- and he definitely does not like different. Blueberry muffins for breakfast? A new book at bedtime? A brand-new big-boy bed? No thank you, not for him. He's perfectly happy with his favorite cereal and his alphabet book -- not to mention the warm, safe crib he's been sleeping in his whole life. Although he has to admit his crib isn't quite as comfortable as it used to be....

Anne Tyler's numerous adult novels include the Pulitzer Prize winner Breathing Lessons and the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Accidental Tourist. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mitra Modarressi, Anne Tyler's daughter, has illustrated several picture books. She wrote and illustrated Yard Sale, which Publishers Weekly called "fun from start to finish." She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in San Francisco.

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Children's Literature
The 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.
—Beverley Fahey
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PreS-K-Preschooler Timothy Tugbottom enjoys his daily routine and is reluctant to try anything new. His pregnant mother tempts him with a pair of pants with many pockets, a delicious blueberry muffin instead of his usual cereal, and a book about dinosaurs from his grandmother. To each suggestion, Timothy utters a resounding "No." He does not want to go to Polly Peartree's party or to sleep in his new big-boy bed. He tells his father, "I don't like DIFFERENT." However, after spending a restless night in the crib that he has outgrown, the child suddenly changes his tune. He wears his new pants, enjoys a couple of bites of the muffin at breakfast, has a great time at Bobby Bagel's party, and settles down to sleep in his new bed, which is "very, very comfortable." The genuine, straightforward story, which is told from the youngster's point of view, is accompanied by expressive watercolors in muted pastel shades. The pictures are filled with homey details that artfully create a portrait of the boy's loving family life and reflect the warm, positive tone of the story. Young readers will identify with Timothy and may also enjoy Tumble Tower (Scholastic, 1993), another successful collaboration from this team.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Young Timothy Tugbottom doesn't like change. He emphatically states, "I don't like DIFFERENT." Timothy will only wear his old and faded favorite pants even though his new pants have six and a half pockets. He won't exchange his morning cereal for blueberry muffins. He is definitely not going to sleep in his big-boy bed when his crib is so warm and safe. Even his friend's birthday party seems daunting. Timothy should soon get used to change, though, because while it isn't stated, it's clear from the illustrations that his mother is pregnant. Moreover, he does get used to it. Fast. Overnight in fact. After spending a cramped night in his crib, Timothy decides to don those new pants and try that muffin. He even gives the big-boy bed a whirl. The artwork is lively and the colors are varied and softened as though viewed through frosted glass. The sudden transformation in Timothy may seem unrealistic, but youngsters who resist change will find a good example and a peer in this celebrated novelist's latest work for children. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399242557
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/8/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Tyler
Anne Tyler
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Anne Tyler has made a glorious career of telling the often less-than glorious stories of small-town people enduring life’s every day ups and downs. Having come of age in rural Raleigh, North Carolina, the enigmatic Tyler draws upon her background to fashion tales of the South that are quirky, humorous, and insightful.


Anne Tyler has had a very active imagination all her life. When she was a young girl, she would spend an hour or two after being put to bed every night fantasizing that she was a doctor. She imagined conversations with patients, and pictured their lives as she did so, considering both their illnesses and the intricacies of their backgrounds. She constructed little mental plays around these characters that she would whisper to herself in the dark -- much to the chagrin of her brother, with whom she shared a room. "[H]e used to call out to our parents, ‘Anne's whispering again!'" she once told Barnes & Noble.com. As much as she may have vexed her brother, she also believes that these fantasies helped her to develop into the beloved, award-winning novelist she is today.

Tyler's work is characterized by a meticulous attention to detail, a genuine love of her characters, and a quirky sense of humor. Her public persona is characterized by its own quirks, as well. She refuses to grant face-to-face interviews. She has never publicly read from any of her books. She does not do book signings or tours. All of this has lent a certain mystique to her novels, although Tyler has said that her reluctance to become a public figure status is actually the result of simple shyness, not to mention her desire for her writing to speak for itself. Fortunately, Anne Tyler's work speaks with a clear, fully-realized voice that does not require unnecessary elucidation by the writer.

Tyler published her first novel If Morning Ever Comes in 1964, and that singular voice was already in place. This astute debut that tracks the self-realization of a young man named Ben Joe Hawkins displayed Tyler's characteristic wit and gentle eccentricity right off the bat. Harper's declared the novel "a triumph," and Tyler was on her way to creating an impressive catalog of novels chronicling the every day hopes, fears, dreams, failures, and victories of small-town Americans. Having come of age, herself, in rural North Carolina, Tyler had particular insight into the lives of her characters. Each novel was a little shimmering gem, winning her a devoted following and public accolades that more than compensated for her refusal to appear in public. Her novel Earthly Possessions, the story of a housewife who is taken hostage by a young man during a bank robbery, was released the same year she won an award for "literary excellence and promise of important work to come" from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. The book also went on to become a television movie starring Susan Sarandon and Stephen Dorff in 1999.

However, the most well-known adaptation of one of Tyler's novels arrived more than a decade earlier when The Accidental Tourist was made into an Academy Award winning film starring Geena Davis and William Hurt. Consequently, The Accidental Tourist is viewed by some as Tyler's signature novel, covering many of the writer's favorite themes: the push and pull of marriage, the appearance of a romantic eccentric, personal tragedy, and the quest to escape from the drudgery of routine. The Accidental Tourist won the National Book Critics Circle Award and hit number one on The New York Times Bestseller list.

Three years later, Tyler received the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons, which further explored themes of marriage and self-examination. Despite having won the prestigious Pulitzer, Tyler still refused to allow herself to be drawn into the spotlight. Quietly, contemplatively, she chose to continue publishing a sequence of uniformly fine novels, including Saint Maybe, Ladder of Years, and The Amateur Marriage.

Anne Tyler's novel Digging to America reexamines many of her chief obsessions, while also possibly drawing upon a personal triumph -- her marriage to Iranian psychiatrist and novelist Taghi Mohammad Modarressi -- and the tragedy of his death in 1997. Digging to America follows the relationship between two families, the Iranian Yazdans and the all-American Donaldsons, as they become closer and closer and affect each other deeper and deeper over a succession of years. Digging to America is arguably Tyler's deepest and most profound work to date. It also delivers more of her peculiar brand of humor, which will surely please her longtime fans, thrilled that she continues spinning tales with the trademark attention to character that has distinguished her stories ever since she was a little girl, whispering to herself in the dark. Tyler may have decided to remain in the dark and out of the public eye, but the stories she has to tell have shed more than their share of light on the lives of her readers.

Good To Know

Tyler first began writing stories at the innocent age of seven. At the time, most of her yarns involved, as she has said, "lucky, lucky girls who got to go west in covered wagons."

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    1. Hometown:
      Baltimore, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 25, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Education:
      B.A., Duke University, 1961

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