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Timothy Tugbottom Says No!

Timothy Tugbottom Says No!

by Anne Tyler, Mitra Modarressi
     
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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
School Library Journal
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399242557
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/08/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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