Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mr. Putter and Tabby Feed the Fish

Mr. Putter and Tabby Feed the Fish (Mr. Putter and Tabby #10) Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. 2001. 44 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, loved going to the fish store. Mr. Putter loved it because he had owned goldfish as a boy. He had always liked goldfish. Tabby loved it because it made her whiskers tingle and her tail twitch. Tabby was old, but she still loved excitement. And fish were exciting!

Premise/plot: What will happen when Mr. Putter decide to buy three goldfish for his home?! Will Tabby be able to take all the excitement?! Maybe. Maybe not.
Mr. Putter watched. And Tabby batted. Bat. Bat. Bat. "Don't bat the fish, Tabby," said Mr. Putter. But Tabby couldn't help it. She got all twitchy. Bat went her paw on the glass. "No batting," said Mr. Putter. Bat. Bat. Bat. Bat. Finally Mr. Putter said, "Come on, Tabby, let's go to bed. We'll watch the fish tomorrow." Tabby wanted to go to bed. She needed to go to bed. She was tired from all that batting. But she couldn't move.
My thoughts: I really LOVED this one. Tabby steals the show in this early chapter book. I loved the writing. Even though this is the tenth book in the series, readers continue to learn new things about these two.

In one of my favorite scenes, Mr. Putter puts a bucket over the goldfish bowl so that Tabby can be "freed" of her addiction, her fascination. In the next scene, we see them watching birds out the window:
They watched birds instead of fish while they ate. Tabby didn't have a bird problem. Mr. Putter was glad. He wasn't sure he could get all those birds under one bucket.
And Howard's illustrations of Tabby are so expressive, so amusing! I would definitely recommend this series!

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