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Author: Cynthia Rylant

Illustrator: Arthur Howard

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Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Just as Mr. Putter and Tabby settle in to read a story, Mr. Putter decides that his porch needs to be painted first. Tabby is excited and the work goes well until a squirrel shows up to check out their work. Will they be able to get the porch painted? With Tabby and Zeke, Mrs. Teaberry's dog, there is trouble ... until Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry find a solution. This is a short, illustrated chapter book series for developing readers.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read, illustrated chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Read by a 7-year-old boy; shared with a 6-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My older son was reluctant, as he normally is with new books, but was laughing out loud by the end. He and his brother enjoyed trying to guess the story by the illustrations and then reading the page to see who was correct. He wants to read the other books in the Mr. Putter series now.

Adult Reader Reaction: I did like this book. My son thought it was a little easy, perhaps on a first grade level, but he did have to work on some of the words (none were too difficult). The illustrations are fun and made both boys laugh by the antics near the end. It wasn’t too long for him and he finished it in 20 minutes. My son typically only likes stories with dinosaurs in them, so I was pleasantly surprised that he wants to read more in this series.

Pros: This easy reader has a good length for a read in one sitting. The illustrations are fun, the story isnt totally predictable, and the characters make you laugh out loud.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. On the one hand, this is an easy reader that your child will outgrow, but if you have several in the series, they might like keeping it on their shelf when they need a laugh. The best time to buy would be just as your child is getting to this reading level.


Educational Themes: There are no specific lessons, though you could draw on Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry's friendship, as well as their creative problem solving ideas!

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader series, humor, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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