Friday, January 12, 2018

Mr. Putter & Tabby Row the Boat

Mr. Putter and the Tabby Row the Boat. (Mr. Putter and Tabby #6) Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. 1997. HMH. 48 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: It was summer and the weather was very hot. Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, lay around all day and sweated. They sweated on the front porch. They sweated in the kitchen. They sweated under the oak tree. They even tried the basement, but they sweated there, too.

Premise/plot: How can Mr. Putter and Tabby cool off on this hot summer day? The title reveals it all, doesn't it?! Mr. Putter decides to ask Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke (her dog) to go with him and Tabby to the big pond. Once there, they rent a row boat and their adventure begins. But will it work?

My thoughts: I am just loving this series. The narrative is great. Rylant does a great job--in terms of both characterization AND storytelling. There is nothing dull about this chapter book series. The illustrations by Howard are equally expressive. I love seeing Tabby's various expressions throughout the book!

© 2018 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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