The Pepins and Their Problems

The Pepins and Their Problems

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The Pepins and Their Problems by Polly Horvath, Marylin Hafner

Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes, becoming trapped on the roof, or searching for cheese when their cow makes only lemonade, the Pepin family always seem to get into the most bizarre scrapes. Lucky for them, they have an author with large psychic antennae and great problem-solving readers who can join the Pepins on their hilarious adventures. And they need all the help they can get!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312377519
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 01/22/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 305,653
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Polly Horvath is the author of many books for young people, including Everything on a Waffle, The Canning Season and The Trolls. Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature, the Mr. Christie Award, the international White Raven, and the Young Adult Canadian Book of the Year. Horvath grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She attended the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City. She has taught ballet, waitressed, done temporary typing, and tended babies, but while doing these things she has always also written. Now that her children are in school, she spends the whole day writing, unless she sneaks out to buy groceries, lured away from her desk by the thought of fresh Cheez Whiz. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and two daughters.

Marylin Hafner has illustrated numerous children's books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Pepins and Their Problems 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
M125Fishkill More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to work with narratives summaries with my student. It is easy to read and you can not stop reading. I recommend it to anyone child or adult. You are going to enjoy the silly and funny stories.
Jean7 More than 1 year ago
The Pepins are an odd family that do some crazy things. Adults might get a little annoyed with this book at times, but my daughter really enjoyed finding out what they would do next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott Book Title: The Pepins and their Problems Reading Level: Sixth Grade Genre: Fantasy About the Author: Polly Horvath is the author of seven previous books for children, including one for older readers, The Canning Season, which won the National Book Award. She lives in Metchosin, British Columbia. Book Review: The Pepins and their Problems is about a family that always seems to get into the most bizarre situations. Their problems ranged from finding toads in their shoes to becoming trapped on a roof. ¿I am not putting my foot in a toad-filled shoe,¿ said Petunia, who was in the fifth grade, where she wasn¿t in charge of anything. Lucky for them though, they have great problem-solving readers. One reader wrote, when the Peppins were stuck on their roof, ¿A reader from Grow, Texas, thinks the Pepins should build an identical house next to their own but with a fire escape.¿ ¿Good golly,¿ said Mr. Pepin, dipping in a finger and tasting it. ¿It¿s lemonade!¿, he exclaimed when their cow, Nelly had no milk, but had produced lemonade instead. The hilarious adventures go on and on for the Pepins. Good thing they have the help of their very smart readers, as they need all the help they can get. This story is very fun and entertaining. I not only recommend it for children, but for teachers to read to their students for entertainment, as this was a very enjoyable book. Bibliographic Information: Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and their Problems. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿The Pepins and Their Problems¿ by Polly Horvarth was published in 2004. Horvarth grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and has been writing books since she was eight years old. She attended school in Toronto as well. She has won both the Newbery Honor and National Book Award. Horvarth now lives with her husband and two daughters in southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. ¿The Pepins and Their Problems¿ is about the Pepins family who are always having problems that they can not solve. One morning when the Pepins wake up, they find a bunch of toads in their shoes. They had the slightest clue on what to do, so Irving, who is the genius of the family, suggests ¿Maybe we should go next door and ask Mr. Bradshaw if he has toads in his shoes.¿ Mr. Bradshaw was the Pepins very fine neighbor and when they went over to his house he had the same problem. There were toads in all of his shoes too. How will the Pepins and Mr. Bradshaw find a solution to their problem? Well, this is where you come in, yes you, the reader! The author asks the reader for help to solve the problems the Pepins encounter throughout the book. What other problems do you think the Pepins face? What will be the correct solutions to the Pepins problems? Well, you will have to read this crazy book to find out. This is not your average family and there is no family quite like the Pepins. This books genre is Fantasy. I have to say, this book is the most unique children¿s book I think I have ever came across. It was somewhat hard to follow along with this book because it skipped back and forth from what was happening to the author talking to the reader. Both the text and few illustrations in this book are fun and cute. To me, this book is suited for an older audience because some of the vocabulary can be quite challenging for young readers. I think children will enjoy this book because they become part of it, which I think is wonderful. The age range for this book is 8 to 12, grades 3-5. Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and Their Problems. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Pepins and their problems by Polly Horvath was a confusing book. Children on the other hand, would most likely enjoy reading it. You have your talking cow, crazy neighbor, and one very weird family. The problems they face are unrealistic, yet the author makes the book educational by including city and states names that most children have not heard about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Pepins and their Problems is a humorous book. The Pepins family has some very unusual problems. They have toads in their shoes and they get stuck on their own roof. ¿I am not putting my foot in a toad-filled shoe,¿ said Petunia. This is not your average family. What will happen next to the Pepins and their pets? This is a fantasy book. This book would be good for grades 3-6 grade. I enjoyed this book. I had to read some of the parts out loud to the person that just happened to be the closest to me while I was reading it. Polly Horvath has been writing books since she was eight. Horvath grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She now lives on the southern Vancouver Island. She is married and has two daughters. Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and their Problems. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is funny and cute but it lost me when the author would go from the book to real life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever have so many problems, you didn¿t know where they came from and how to handle them? If so, then this time fantasy fiction book, ¿The Pepins and their problems¿ by Polly Harvath is the book for you. The Pepins awoke to find toads in their shoes. Not knowing what to do, about the toads, Irvine, who is a sixth grade genius and in charge of leading all charges says, ¿Maybe we should go next door and ask Mr. Bradshaw if he has toads in his shoes.¿ Sure enough, there were toads in every single pair of Mr. Bradshaw¿s shoes too. So, to help solve this and many more puzzling problems the Pepins encounter, the author asks for help from the readers. What will be the correct answer to the Pepins problems? To find out the answer and other problems the Pepins face, this crazy book about ¿The Pepins and their problems¿ by Polly Horvath is the book for you. The author Polly Horvath, has been writing since she was only eight years old. She grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She attended college at the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto. She is now married with two daughters and they live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Horvath, Polly. ¿The Pepins and Their Problems.¿ New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004. Grade 3rd ¿ 5th
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you think that your family is crazy? If so, then this is the book for you. This is a great little fantasy book that is a fun treat for children ranging in age from 8 to 12. The book is about a family, named the Pepins who throughout the book have several problems. One, for instance, is when the entire family gets stuck on the roof of their house. It really pulls the kids in as the authors asks the kids to send in what they think a solution to the problems the Pepins face could be. She makes the kids feel like she is talking directly to them by say things like, ¿Forgive me if I did not hear you solution.¿ I think kids will like this because it makes them feel special, like the book was wrote just for them. The books author, Polly Horvath, has been writing since she was only eight years old. She grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In the summers she would go to Canada to a ballet school. She attended college at the Canadian College of Dance in Toronto. She is now married with two daughters and they live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and Their Problems. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fantasy If a talking cow named Nelly who makes milk instead of lemonade sounds good to you, then this is the book for you! The Pepins and Their Problems is such an easy read for anyone from third grade to an adult. This fantasy based short story deals with a family who encounters very odd problems. Problems, such as a stranger showing up claiming that he is a long lost family member and Mrs. Pepin having the desire to be the queen of something always seem to be occurring. Mr. Pepin was a calm natured person, who when the stranger came to their house said, ¿Best to leave him there. Things will sort themselves out in time.¿ The author urges the readers to get involved in books by using the technique of asking readers what they would do to solve the Pepins problems. In one chapter she says, ¿A reader from Bonetrail, North Dakota, suggests that the Pepins move to the Dakotas, where he assures us the horizon is so far away one has plenty of time to retrieve the odds and ends of one¿s relatives before they completely disappear.¿ This helps the reader think that kids just like him have an input in her writing. Polly Horvath has been writing since she was eight years old. She has written seven other children¿s books. She won the National Book Award for the adult book, The Canning Season. She resides in British Columbia with her family. Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and Their Problems. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004.
Guest More than 1 year ago
FANTASY: The Pepins and their Problems was book that was very hard to follow. It did not keep my attention while reading it. My mind tended to wonder in different directions about like the scenes in the book. I did not like the book, but young children might find it interesting. Polly Horvath has been writing books ever since she was 8 years old. For a while she wrote books and attended school. Then she wrote books and attended The Canadian College of Dance. She has written and waitressed and written and done temporary typing and written and tended babies (her own.) Now she just writes. She grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Pepins and their Problems is a book about a family that has some of the strangest situations happen to them. They have trouble solving their own problems so, they try to get help from others. They ask readers of the book for help or other people in the book for help. Sometimes the solutions are obvious, yet they still do not see them. However, at the end of the book things completely turn around for the Pepins. ¿Just recently the Pepins awoke to find toads in their shoes¿. This is an odd situation for most people, it is not a very common thing to happen. The Pepins are confused about what to do so one of them suggests, ¿Maybe we should go next door and ask Mr. Bradshaw if he has toads in his shoes,¿. This will not solve their problem of toads in their shoes, they will only know if their neighbor has toads in his. Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and their Problems. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004 Grade Level: 3rd to 5th
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very adventures trip into on family¿s problems that are far from ordinary. The author of this book Polly Horvath has been writing books since she was eight years old. She won the Parents Choice Award and a finalist of the Ruth Schwartz Award with this book. The main theme of this book is for the readers (us) to help the Pepins solve each problem they have. Some of the problems they have are trying to get of the roof of their house when the ladder falls down, figuring out why they have frogs in the shoes, and how to get the cow out of the bathtub. This book is in the genre of a fantasy because most of the problems the Pepins have do not happen in really life. It is a funny and exciting book to read because no one can predict what will happen next. I would recommend this book for young child to read around the grade level third to fifth. Make sure to read this book for more Pepins problems and adventures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If a talking cow named Nelly who makes milk instead of lemonade sounds good to you, then this is the book for you! The Pepins and Their Problems is such an easy read for anyone from third grade to an adult. This fantasy based short story deals with a family who encounters very odd problems. Problems, such as a stranger showing up claiming that he is a long lost family member and Mrs. Pepin having the desire to be the queen of something always seem to be occurring. Mr. Pepin was a calm natured person, who when the stranger came to their house said, ¿Best to leave him there. Things will sort themselves out in time.¿ The author urges the readers to get involved in books by using the technique of asking readers what they would do to solve the Pepins problems. In one chapter she says, ¿A reader from Bonetrail, North Dakota, suggests that the Pepins move to the Dakotas, where he assures us the horizon is so far away one has plenty of time to retrieve the odds and ends of one¿s relatives before they completely disappear.¿ This helps the reader think that kids just like him have an input in her writing. Polly Horvath has been writing since she was eight years old. She has written seven other children¿s books. She won the National Book Award for the adult book, The Canning Season. She resides in British Columbia with her family. Horvath, Polly. The Pepins and Their Problems. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004.