Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mr. Putter and Tabby Take The Train

Mr. Putter and Tabby Take the Train. (Mr. Putter & Tabby #8) Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. 1998. HMH. 44 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: One day Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, were cooking oatmeal when Mrs. Teaberry called. Mrs. Teaberry was Mr. Putter's friend and neighbor. "I have an idea!" she told Mr. Putter.

Premise/plot: At first Mr. Putter is nervous to hear Mrs. Teaberry's latest idea, after all, not all her ideas are good ones--in his opinion. But her newest idea is a good idea, she wants them all to take a train ride. Will Mr. Putter, Mrs. Teaberry, Zeke and Tabby enjoy a train ride together? Or will a no pets allowed rule spoil their plans?

My thoughts: There were elements in this one I just loved. For example, I loved, loved, LOVED the flashback to when Mr. Putter was a little boy. He was CUTE. And I loved Mr. Putter's honesty. "Mr. Putter was not sure he wanted to hear Mrs. Teaberry's idea. Sometimes her ideas were odd and involved running fast, or wearing feathers, or having purple toes." But I didn't quite love this one as much as previous titles in the series.

© 2018 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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