Poor, disorganized Mr. Tuggle. He begins his week on Monday unable to find his hat amid the chaos of his house. When a pigeon bombs him on a park bench, he realizes he needs a hat, and makes a newspaper one. On Tuesday it is his shoes he cannot find. When his bare feet get stepped on, he ties boxes on his feet. On Wednesday, he substitutes curtains for his missing shirt. Thursday a picture from the wall protects him from the rain instead of his missing umbrella. By now he makes quite an amusing appearance. In desperation, he cleans up at home and manages to find all the lost clothes. He faces Friday confident all will be well. The last page is a wordless joke. Although the text is a spare, straightforward exposition, the visual narrative is anything but. Dugan's detailed watercolors visualize the comic tale in assorted bursts of action, beginning with a scene of our hero getting up from his rumpled bed, shared with three cats, and surrounded by cluttered tables, floor strewn with all kinds of stuff. The frantic search, where he is seen three times, exposes his room as a disaster zone. His daily bus ride adds drama. He stands while the seats are occupied each morning by the same passengers, who change their reactions according to his wildly-changing appearance. An encouragement here to heed the perpetual parental request to "clean your room!" 2005, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 4 to 8.
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
K-Gr 3-Mr. Tuggle wakes up on a spring day and cannot find his hat in his messy apartment. He goes to work bareheaded, but later regrets his decision when a bird makes a mess in his hair while he eats lunch in the park. Back at the office, he folds and dons a newspaper hat and people stare at his odd attire. Each morning, another piece of clothing goes missing, only to be replaced by a homemade item: instead of shoes, he ties boxes to his feet; he fashions a shirt out of curtains; and he uses a picture from his office as an umbrella. When he sees his reflection in a shop window, he realizes how silly he looks. That evening, he straightens up his home and puts his clothes away so they will be easy to find. On Friday morning, he looks forward to a great day; the final illustration shows him cheerfully heading down the street, unaware that he is not wearing pants. Dugan's watercolor illustrations cleverly play up Mr. Tuggle's silly predicaments, and clean white backdrops keep readers' attention focused on his exploits. The sight of a thin, balding man with a small mustache who seems so fastidious and proper wearing newspapers, boxes, and curtains will elicit lots of laughs.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Mr. Tuggle has his struggles: He can't find his clothes in his messy apartment. Each morning he misses one item of clothing and then has to improvise at his office: a folded newspaper for a hat, boxes for shoes, curtains for a shirt and so on. After he catches sight of himself in a window reflection, he cleans up his house and lays out his clothes for the next night, only to be thwarted by his three mischievous cats. They hide his pants, and the absent-minded Mr. Tuggle heads off for work on the last page neatly dressed in hat, shirt, tie and red, polka-dotted underwear. Detailed watercolor illustrations provide humorous views of the main character's unusual clothing replacements as his outfit deteriorates over the course of the week. Mr. Tuggle has an odd sort of quirky charm: He solves his problems in his own way and doesn't even notice all the disapproving looks from other less inventive folk. (Picture book. 4-8)