Trouble with Tilly Trumble

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A sweet, read-aloud story of friendship for dog lovers everywhere.

In the grand tradition of Peggy Rathman's Officer Buckle and Gloria and Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn Dixie comes this tale of the relationship between a lonely person and a homeless pet that offers laughs and sincere emotion without being overly sweet. Tilly Trumble collects chairs, but she's stilllooking for the perfect four-legged, scruffy old thing to fill the space by ...
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Overview

A sweet, read-aloud story of friendship for dog lovers everywhere.

In the grand tradition of Peggy Rathman's Officer Buckle and Gloria and Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn Dixie comes this tale of the relationship between a lonely person and a homeless pet that offers laughs and sincere emotion without being overly sweet. Tilly Trumble collects chairs, but she's stilllooking for the perfect four-legged, scruffy old thing to fill the space by the fire. When a scruffy dog arrives and doesn't want to leave, Tilly finds the perfect companion for her chair collecting, sausage eating, and star gazing. Dog owners especially will find warm satisfaction in this story of a pooch who teaches his human friend a lesson in love, loyalty, and furniture arranging.
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Children's Literature
Tilly Trumble collects chairs, all kinds of chairs. She has a house full of them and the outdoors is full of them. She loves the way their arms open up and welcome her in. But she continues to search for that special chair that will be perfect by her fireplace. She shops at every yard sale, swap meet, and flea market in the area. One day she is surprised to find a dog in one of her chairs. When no owner is found for him, the two gradually develop a friendship. He turns up missing one day and Tilly searches in vain. Soon, that old dog returns and Tilly delightfully discovers that he is the four legged object that fits the best by her fireplace. The illustrations are delightful with lots of chairs to scrutinize as one reads. 2006, Harry N. Abrams, Ages 3 to 10.
—Barbara Youngblood
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Tilly Trumble loves "four-legged, scruffy old" things-chairs in particular. She makes the rounds of yard sales, flea markets, and swap meets looking for just the right one to go in front of her fireplace. One day another type of scruffy old thing comes to her porch: a dog. Tilly tries hard to resist loving him, but readers know that, in the end, the "something else" that the woman needs to sit in front of her fire is the pooch. The descriptive language is creative, and the bold, exuberant acrylic illustrations are filled with electric shades of green and purple. The double-page image of Tilly hugging the dog is especially wonderful, as they both smile broadly. Even with its predictable ending (or maybe because of it), this is a satisfying story of two unique individuals finding one another.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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After years of scouring flea markets and yard sales, Tilly Trumble has filled her house and yard with stained, broken-down chairs-all but a special spot in front of the fire that she's saving for a "four-legged scruffy old thing that was really something else." And when that "something else" arrives unexpectedly, in the form of a bright-eyed, well-trained, definitely scruffy dog, her efforts to shoo it away don't last very long at all. Surrounded by battered seating of often amusingly peculiar design, Tilly strides about purposefully in Greenseid's twisty, richly colored pictures, her grin and her woolly shock of gray hair making her look like everyone's favorite grandma. A portion of the royalties from this sketchy but engaging animal-adoption story will go to PETA. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810959729
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 1 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.37 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    Absolutely Adorable!

    My (almost) 4 year old son gets such a kick out of this quirky story. I think any child would adore this book---ages 3 and up!

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