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The Problem with the Puddles
by Kate Feiffer and Tricia Tusa

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What if your parents agreed to disagree?
Eight and a half years ago, when their beautiful baby girl was born, Mr. and Mrs. Puddle couldn't agree on what to name her. So Mrs. Puddle calls her daughter Emily and Mr. Puddle calls her Ferdinanda. And everyone else?
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Overview

What if your parents agreed to disagree?
Eight and a half years ago, when their beautiful baby girl was born, Mr. and Mrs. Puddle couldn't agree on what to name her. So Mrs. Puddle calls her daughter Emily and Mr. Puddle calls her Ferdinanda. And everyone else? They call her Baby.
Having parents who agree to disagree does mean twice as many presents on your birthday, but it can complicate your life There was the time Baby's parents couldn't agree on what kind of dog to get -- so they got two, both named Sally. One summer day, when rushing back to the city from their country house, the Puddles leave the Sallys behind. Will the Puddles agree to go back? What will become of the Sallys?
Kate Feiffer's debut novel is by turns funny, heartwarming, and wholly satisfying. Tricia Tusa's pleasing artwork makes the Puddles' world complete.
Let the Puddle family into your heart. You will be glad you did.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781416949619
  • ISBN-10: 1416949615
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publish Date: February 2009
  • Page Count: 208
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Dogs

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 62.
  • Review Date: 2009-03-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

This capricious novel marks Feiffer's (President Pennybaker) move into middle-grade fiction, in a story about a family that, for some reason, attracts clouds (“It was as if the cloud suddenly forgot it was heading to a hurricane in Florida or an important blizzard in Canada”). Additionally, the Puddle parents disagree on everything: one of their children is called Baby because they couldn't choose a name. And since the couple squabbled over a breed, the Puddles have two dogs—both named Sally. Alternating between the perspectives of the two- and four-legged family members, the story reveals what happens when the Puddles inadvertently leave “the Sallys” behind at the end of a long vacation in the country. The kid-friendly humor (“Just like meat loaf is like a loaf of meat, a conundrum is like a drum of conun,” one of the Sallys “explains,” as the dogs consider what to do), the full cast of eccentric characters and Tusa's (Fred Stays with Me!) lively b&w spot art should readily win fans for the Puddle family. Ages 8–12. (Feb.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Meeting in the middle

Speaking of parents, Kate Feiffer's first chapter book, The Problem with the Puddles, illustrated by Tricia Tusa, boasts two unforgettable parents in Mr. and Mrs. Puddle, who cannot agree on anything—including a name for their daughter. Her mother calls her Emily; her father calls her Ferdinanda. Everyone else calls her Baby. Of course, that's not the only thing the Puddles agree to disagree on. Like the new first family, the question of what kind of dog to get becomes a major family decision. In the case of the Puddles, since they can't agree, the next best thing is simply to get two dogs, a big one and a little one—both named Sally. Young readers will savor this rollicking adventure that eventually brings a family together on a street that perhaps belongs in our nation's capital: Compromise Road.

 
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