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Puddle Pug
     

Puddle Pug

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by Kim Norman, Keika Yamaguchi (Illustrator)
 
Percy the Pug loves puddles—big puddles, small puddles, swamp puddles, stomp puddles. But no puddle is perfect  . . .  until he finds one with three friendly piglets. But protective Mama Pig says NO PUGS and chases Percy away! Irresistibly illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi, Kim Norman's tale about a persistent pug and his pursuit of friendship in puddle

Overview

Percy the Pug loves puddles—big puddles, small puddles, swamp puddles, stomp puddles. But no puddle is perfect  . . .  until he finds one with three friendly piglets. But protective Mama Pig says NO PUGS and chases Percy away! Irresistibly illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi, Kim Norman's tale about a persistent pug and his pursuit of friendship in puddle paradise brims with warmth and charm.
 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/03/2014
“Percy was a puddle pug. He loved puddles of every sort,” opens Norman’s (If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!) sweet-natured story about a dog’s hunt for the perfect puddle. Percy is both indiscriminate and a tough customer when it comes to puddles: he loves “swamp puddles, stomp puddles, ready-for-a-romp” puddles, but some puddles are too lonely, while others have the wrong kind of crowd: “Too buggy. Too sluggy.” When Percy finally finds the perfect spot—a deliciously muddy pigs’ wallow—Mama Pig won’t let him near it. Although the resolution follows a well-trod path (after a storm hits, Percy proves his puddle-worthiness by rescuing a piglet), Norman’s storytelling bounds along with an energy to match that of Percy. Working in a palette of muddy blues, greens, and browns, Yamaguchi, illustrator of the self-published Sick of Being Sick, seals the deal. Pug devotees will be all over roly-poly Percy’s enormous and expressive eyes, surreptitious attempts at infiltrating the pigs’ wallow, and all-around gleeful splashing in puddles large and small. Ages 3–up. Author’s agent: Jennifer Mattson, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

"... sweet-natured story about a dog's hunt for the perfect puddle ... Norman's storytelling bounds along with an energy to match that of Percy ...Yamaguchi, illustrator of the self-published Sick of Being Sick, seals the deal. Pug devotees will be all over roly-poly Percy's enormous and expressive eyes, surreptitious attempts at infiltrating the pigs' wallow, and all-around gleeful splashing in puddles large and small." —Publishers Weekly

“Through playful, alliterative sentences, as well as simple rhyme, Norman carries children, alongside Percy, on a curious journey to define home—and the “perfect puddle.” A read-aloud that charmingly explores the depths of friendship, security, and community.” —Booklist Online "A beautiful tale of friendship, determination, and perseverance.” —School Library Journal

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS-Gr 2—Adorably irresistible Percy, a puddle-loving pug, makes a map of all the puddles he comes across while searching for the perfect one. He tries swamp puddles, stomp puddles, ready-for-a-romp puddles, foggy puddles, froggy puddles, and deeper—than-a doggy puddles, but none reach perfection. When Percy finds his dream puddle, he sees that it's already occupied by Mama Pig and her piglets, and he cannot win her acceptance. He tries to blend in, attempts to share a tasty treat, and even uses an underwater route to get to the puddle, but Mama Pig pitches him out. Then, when Petunia goes missing, it is Percy who knows where to find the little piglet. Happy, smiling animals, drawn with pencil and painted digitally, make cameos throughout the story. The pup's facial expressions are spot-on, and the rhyme and repetition are amusing and fun to read aloud. A beautiful tale of friendship, determination, and perseverance.—H. Islam, Brooklyn Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-26
Are the pigs' digs big enough for both a porcine family and a mud-loving pug? Percy the pug loves puddles, the muddier the better. He even makes a map of his favorite puddles so he can find them easily. One day, he hears splashing on the other side of the fence and, peering through, sees the perfect puddle. He sneaks in under the fence and begins some serious splashing. The resident piglets don't seem to mind, but the big sow glowers at him, and in no time, Percy is back outside the fence. Now all the old puddles seem inadequate. Every time he tries to sneak back, Mama sends him packing. A severe rainstorm changes everything: A tree crashes into the wallow, and all the pigs are displaced. Worse, tiny Petunia is missing. It's Percy who comes to the rescue, finding the missing piglet thanks to his map of puddles. Reunited with Petunia, Mama's whole body twitches "with piggly jiggly joy." From then on, Percy is able to enjoy his very favorite puddle. This playful, accessible friendship story features some nice vocabulary choices, and its sly use of voice puts readers in Percy's paws: "But his puddle did not love him back"—that big old sow is never mentioned. Partaking of an animation aesthetic, Yamaguchi's pencil-and–digital paint illustrations are simple and clean, the animals adorable. Sweet and muddy—err, sunny. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781454904366
Publisher:
Sterling Children's Books
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
225,321
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
430L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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Meet the Author

Kim Norman is the author of several children's books, including Ten on the Sled and If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!, both illustrated by Liza Woodruff; Crocodaddy, illustrated by David Walker; and The Great Christmas Crisis, illustrated by Jannie Ho (all Sterling). She and her husband live in Smithfield, VA, and have two grown sons, as well as a “granddog,” Niles, the Newfoundland, who is MUCH bigger than Percy, but who loves puddles just as much. Visit Kim online at kimnormanbooks.com.
Keika Yamaguchi graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. A former Walt Disney Imagineering intern, she illustrated the children's book Sick of Being Sick (3DAL), written by Justin Sullivan. Besides her dog, some of Keika's other interests are “YouTubing,” craft projects, pop-up books, and extreme sports. Visit her at keikashouse.com to see more of her work. She lives in La Crescenta, CA.

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Puddle Pug 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
valleygirl1230 More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my son as we have a pug at home! The story is so cute!! You really feel for the little pug, but alas a happy ending is in store! No doubt this will become one of our favorites! Would definitely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an adorable book! The story is engaging, the author's voice is spot on, and I love how Percy's perfect puddle is one with friends in it . As a pug lover myself, I could not stop smiling the entire time I was reading. Percy the pug is too cute (especially the image of his head title on the end-paper). Highly recommend for children or just general dog-lovers.
Retiredteachergrandma More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 5 year old grandson as they have a pug. He had me read it every night I was at his house and laughed more each time! By the fifth night he could tell me the words before I could read them. He and I talked about the problem the pug encountered and how it was resolved. Nice illustrations. Very funny book!