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MR. PUTTER AND TABBY WRITE THE BOOK

Author: Cynthia Rylant

Illustrator: Arthur Howard

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Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books, ©1994

Material: hard cover

Summary: A big snowstorm is keeping Mr. Putter and Tabby inside today. Since they can't go out, Mr. Putter decides to write a book. He's distracted at every turn. With so much to enjoy and so much food to cook, will he ever get the book finished? This is an easy reader chapter book for first and second graders.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 2.5

Age of Child: Read aloud by a 6-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this, but my son really enjoyed it. He liked the challenge of his first illustrated chapter book. He laughed when Mr. Putter was rearranging his furniture instead of writing.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a good book for both of my sons (age six, advanced reader, age seven, on grade level). I thought it might be too difficult for my younger son. He did surprisingly well and used the pictures a lot for clues for words he didn’t know.

Pros: This is a very good series, and this is a cute story. This is a great choice as a beginning chapter book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is an excellent series, and if you have multiple kids you may want to buy it. These are good books.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MR. PUTTER AND TABBY PAINT THE PORCH   HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA AND THE QUIET TIME   ANDY SHANE AND THE QUEEN OF EGYPT

Educational Themes: This is a story to help new readers transition to longer books. There are themes of friendship, writing, and being distracted. Mr. Putter also demonstrates how goals sometimes change.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader, animal stories, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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