One of Our Very Favorite Old Men

Jan 15, 2014

At our house, we adore Mr. Putter and Tabby. Sadly, I feel like they're not as popular or well-known as Cynthia Rylant's other great characters, Henry and Mudge. Don't get me wrong, we're definitely not opposed to Henry and Mudge. We like them. But we, I repeat, adore Mr. Putter and Tabby.

Tonight Aaron was reading Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book for his 15-minutes of reading. It has been a really long day, and I was worried he would put up a fight because he was so tired. But Mr. Putter provided just the kind of cozy, comfortable reading we both needed.

In this episode, Mr. Putter decides to write a novel because there has just been a really big snowfall, and he and Tabby are too old to go out in it. First, he needs a title. He has always loved mysteries, so he decides to write a novel called The Mystery of Lighthouse Cove. Sounds intriguing. Then he decides he needs a snack. He makes a big apple salad, corn muffins, custard pudding, and a cheese ball.

And then comes this line:

"Mr. Putter spent three minutes on his title and four hours on his snack."


And it is because of sentences like that that we adore Mr. Putter and Tabby.

For more great early chapter book suggestions, check out this old post.

7 comments:

  1. Mr Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea was one of the first simple chapter books I read to my son. I love all of them. My favorite (if I HAD to choose) is Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears.

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    1. Now I'm trying to remember if we've read Pick the Pears. I'm pretty sure we have, but I can't remember what happens at all. Time to check it out again!

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  2. We love Mr. putter and Tabby books. They are so fun to read!

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  3. Hi Amy!
    I'm a bit late for your birthday post, but I wanted to tell you I've been loving your blog since I found it a few months ago. I'm also a book-loving BYU grad. My reviews are all on Goodreads at the moment. Anyway, I enjoy hearing your perspectives. Thanks for writing!

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    1. Linnae - I'm so glad you commented! Yay for book-loving BYU grads! :-)

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  4. Oh yep, Pick the Pears is my favorite as well. And walk the dog. Both of those are superb and super fun to listen to on cd as well!!

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