Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mr. Putter and Tabby Dance the Dance

Mr. Putter and Tabby Dance the Dance. (Mr. Putter and Tabby #21) Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. 2012. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, liked living next door to Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog, Zeke. They all had a lot of things in common. They all liked the Sunday funnies. They all liked cheese toasties. They all liked rain. Mrs. Teaberry was good at finding new things for them to like. Sometimes the new things worked. Sometimes they didn't.

Premise/plot: Mrs. Teaberry wants Mr. Putter to go ballroom dancing with her in this one! Of course who wouldn't take their dog and cat along to go dancing?!?! Will Tabby, Zeke, Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry have a great time on the dance floor?!

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. It was great fun, very delightful. The text is wonderful. Rylant is truly gifted when it comes to crafting words into stories.
"Just try it," said Mrs. Teaberry. "What have you got to lose?"
Mr. Putter could think of a lot of things he had to lose. Like his dignity. And his nap time. 
They told Tabby and Zeke to stay. One of them was good at staying. One of them was not. 
But the illustrations also do their job. I really LOVED seeing Mr. Putter and Tabby try rollerskating! This one was just a JOY to read.

© 2018 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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