Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant

mr putter and tabby turn the page

Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page
Cynthia Rylant
illustrated by Arthur Howard
4 Stars

Mr. Putter and Tabby (his cat) like to read. Mr. Putter reads and Tabby curls up (sometimes on his head) and listens. One day Mr. Putter sees a sign at the library that invites people to “Read aloud with your pet at Story Time.” Mr. Putter decides that he would like to read with Tabby at Story Time, so he signs up. However, Mr. Putter told his neighbor Mrs. Teaberry about reading with his pet…so Mrs. Teaberry decoded to sign up with her pet dog Zeke. Now Mr. Putter and Tabby are worried that if Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke come that it might be too rambunctious at the library for them to read as well. However, all turns out well in the end and everyone enjoys a good story (or two).

This is a fun new adventure for Mr. Putter and Tabby. There are five different stories that are in five different chapters. Each chapter then contributes to an overarching storyline. Young kiddos who are just learning to read will like the typical layout with large font, lots of space between each line of text, and loads of white space on each page. Plus there are wonderful illustrations that showcase Mr. Putter and Tabby in all their reading glory. And the librarian in me loves that this story is about reading, the library, and story time. (Although having volunteers coming to do Story Time at the library isn’t something that happens in many libraries I know of…since it really does take a lot of training to get all the early literacy skills implemented in a story time.) But overall this is another great edition to the easy reader genre.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-15-206063-3
FORMAT: Easy Reader
AGES: Preschool, Elementary School

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