"The gentle, affecting first volume introduces elderly Mr. Putter, who decides that a cat will keep him from feeling lonely. Rylant’s texts reflect admirable concern for brevity and meticulous consideration of every word. They are in perfect sync with Howard’s expressive sketches, which slip abundant visual jokes into sunny, transparent watercolors and gouaches, and fluid pencil and pastel scribbles."Publishers Weekly
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Series:||Mr. Putter and Tabby Series , #1|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.16(d)|
|Lexile:||540L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Cynthia Rylant is a Newbery medalist and the author of many acclaimed books for young people. She's well known for her popular characters for early readers, including Mr. Putter & Tabby and Henry & Mudge. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. www.cynthiarylant.com.
Arthur Howard created the lively illustrations for all of the Mr. Putter & Tabby books and has written and illustrated several picture books of his own. He lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cynthia Rylant has authored several wonderful series for children, each with different illustrators. The Mr. Putter books are definitely a favorite. Mr. Putter is an older man who seeks the companionship of a cat, and the story of how he chooses Tabby is just lovely. The stories of their life together are sweet and funny, and the illustrations are really nice. I loved reading these stories to my boys.
My son brought this book home from class for his nightly reading and I read the book so I can quiz him. I loved it and got hooked. My son enjoyed it so much that he checked out the other series. His teacher does not have all of them so we will be starting our own collection. This particular book introduced Tabby. My son hates reading and he is 7 yrs. old. This was easy enough for him to remember the stories. He brought home 'Take the Train' & 'Row the Boat' next.
What a lovely story. Every child has an older bachelor neighbor living alone with a garden. Rylant and Howard present a nice tale of an older tabby adopted by said bachelor from the shelter, and they enjoy their lives together. A quiet domestic story, and definitely charming for cat-lovers.