Tumford's Rude Noises

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Tumford isn’t really a terrible cat. It’s just, like many children, Tum loves to make loud noises. But today, his parents are not in the mood. They have friends coming over and Tummy isn’t just loud. No, Tumford is rude!

This charming tale from the multiple New York Times bestselling author Nancy Tillman is sure to delight readers everywhere, as she once again reaffirms that – no matter how much trouble you may get into – you are loved.

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Overview

Tumford isn’t really a terrible cat. It’s just, like many children, Tum loves to make loud noises. But today, his parents are not in the mood. They have friends coming over and Tummy isn’t just loud. No, Tumford is rude!

This charming tale from the multiple New York Times bestselling author Nancy Tillman is sure to delight readers everywhere, as she once again reaffirms that – no matter how much trouble you may get into – you are loved.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to Tumford the Terrible, Tillman’s misbehaving kitten has a new pastime: “Face in his bowl, he blew bubbles and slurped./ Eating his sweet roll, he giggled and burped.” And when visitors stop by, Tumford does something even worse (it’s rendered with random typographical marks emanating from Tumford’s rear end). Tillman asks readers to help reform Tumford (“Whisper these words in Tum’s ear if you would..../ ‘Tumford... not all attention is good’ ”), then assures them their advice has been taken (“Now, there was no need for Tum’s folks to scold him./ He’d learned his lesson... you’d already told him!”). Tillman’s digitally rendered illustrations are both endearingly fuzzy and madly stylish, with red spike heels for Tumford’s human mother and her friends, retro cat toys, and baby animals wearing wee bandannas just like Tumford’s. The kitten’s winning expressions—he looks like a talented child actor who just happens to be zipped into a cat suit—and the surefire device of impolite body noises make this sequel even more of a draw than the original. Ages 4–6. Agent: Cathy Hemming, Cathy Hemming Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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"...this book will surely entertain and reassure all the little Tumfords out there–cats and toddlers! Not to be missed.”—School Library Journal

 

"...even more of a draw than the original."—Publishers Weekly

 

"The photo-collage illustrations are large and expressive—much like Tumford—and will tug on heartstrings and amuse in equal measure.”—Booklist

School Library Journal
PreS—As in Tumford the Terrible (Feiwel & Friends, 2011), the appealingly mischievous cat is causing havoc. His human parents are about to host a party, and he has been making loud and rude noises all day long: beating his drum, slurping his food, burping, and generally trying to get attention. The final straw comes when the guests have arrived and Tumford makes a very rude noise and is banished to time-out. The text invites readers to tell Tumford that not all attention is good, and he reforms himself. The Stoutts reassure him that they love him in spite of everything and promise that he can sometimes be silly in private, so Tum "with a grin mostly sweet and sincere,/made a rude little noise into Georgy's left ear." Tillman's illustrations are wonderful and her black-and-white cat perfection (in looks, not behavior). He looks like a real feline with sometimes human expressions. Readers cannot help but love him just as his parents do: "madly from whiskers to toes." With its special message that even those who misbehave will still be loved, this book will surely entertain and reassure all the little Tumfords out there-cats and toddlers! Not to be missed.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
Kitty cat (and human boy stand-in) Tumford Stoutt learns a lesson about rude noises. This Tuesday, Sweet Apple Green is in for a ruckus. Tum beats his drum. He makes bubbles in his dish. He burps and giggles at the table. His parents aren't pleased, but Tum doesn't care. He likes the attention. Then in front of the Sweet Apple Guild, Tum does the unforgivable: toots the patootie trumpet. Mom and Dad put him in timeout. With a little help from readers, Tum learns not all attention is good. Tumford's second didactic tale suffers many of the same problems of his first. Thankfully, his strange and disturbing clothes are gone (save for a bandanna). However, the equally distressing, clunky, forced-rhyme verse is still in evidence, as well as the previous book's illogic. Young audiences will scratch their heads over Tum eating from a bowl on the floor and then a plate at the table. Their parents will wonder why the lesson isn't "don't be rude" or "apologize for rudeness" (which we thought we learned in Tumford the Terrible, 2011), but is instead: Public displays of gas lead to punishment. Tillman's precious illustrations mesh better with her treacly, sentiment-laden titles than with this practical lesson in etiquette. Well-intentioned, though not well-thought-through. Tum's not worth your time. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312368418
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 298,905
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Tillman is the creator of Tumford the Terrible, The Crown on Your Head, Wherever You Are, The Spirit of Christmas, and the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller On the Night You Were Born. She’s also the illustrator of It’s Time to Sleep, My Love by Eric Metaxas. Ms. Tillman lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit her on the web at www.nancytillman.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Good books for small children

    Very well written and illustrated - for children under 3

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

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    This book is a fair lesson learner for how certain noises are no

    This book is a fair lesson learner for how certain noises are not always appropriate. While I can see this as a tool to work with young children I also feel it could have been better.
    The lessons seemed glossed over and the learning process way too exaggerated.
    The pictures were cute, some funny even. Tumford's expressions give him a great personality. Overall, not a bad book. A child might have some fun with it, but it doesn't seem like it will make the favorite list of any child or parent I know of. However, a parent may embellish on the story some to make it more educationally successful. So, overall, an okay read.

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