Title: Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator: Arthur Howard
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Summary: Mr. Putter and his fine cat Tabby love quiet time. They also love to read. Then one day, Mr. Putter sees a sign at the library for story time. Mr. Putter could read a story to the children AND he could bring Tabby! Mr. Putter and Tabby were excited about reading to the children at story time. He was so excited he told his neighbor Mrs. Teaberry. The problem was that Mrs. Teaberry liked to try new things and she wanted to read at story time too. But her dog, Zeke, was NOT a quiet pet. On the day of the story time, Mr. Putter and Tabby and Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke all went to the library. Mrs. Teaberry read an exciting story about a dog. Zeke helped her by making the appropriate noises during the story. And when the dog in the story ran away so did Zeke. He would not come back when he was called, but Mrs. Teaberry wasn’t worried, Zeke always came back. Then Mr. Putter read his story, and Tabby sat quietly with the children. At the end of the story, Zeke came back into the room and they all went home together. They had a nice cup of tea and traded books with each other. Then everyone got ready for bed and had a quiet evening, reading their new books.
Literary Merit: Easy to follow story line. Familiar characters.
Kid Appeal: Kids who love Mr. Putter and Tabby (and Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke) will love reading a new adventure.
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.