Title: Mr. Putter and Tabby Smell the Roses
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator: Arthur Howard
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Summary: Mr. Putter and his fine cat Tabby wanted to do something special for Mrs. Teaberry, their neighbor. The next day was Mrs. Teaberry’s birthday. He thought and thought and finally thought of a heavenly idea. The next day, Mr. Putter and Tabby took Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog, Zeke to the Conservatory. The smelled the roses, learned the facts, and walked among the trees. But when Zeke saw the banana tree, he jumped up for a bunch, scaring Tabby into the lemon tree. They were asked to leave. Mr. Putter was worried that Mrs. Teaberry did not have a good time. But she said it was heavenly, they went home with two bunches of bananas and a lot of lemons, and the next day they all had lemonade.
Literary Merit: Funny. Short chapters. Familiar characters.
Kid Appeal: Easy to read, funny stories about their favorite characters.
Disclaimer: This book was nominated for the 2015 CYBILS Award in the Easy Reader category. This review is shared as part of the Round One Judging. It is solely my own opinion and not influenced by any other parties.