Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Poppleton. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Mark Teague. 1997. 56 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Poppleton used to be a city pig. He did city things. He took taxis. He joggined in the park. He went to museums.

Premise/plot: Poppleton is an early chapter series book by Cynthia Rylant. This is the first book in the series. There are three stories. In the first, readers get a proper introduction to Poppleton. Poppleton is new in town. One of the first friends he makes is his next door neighbor, Cherry Sue. In the second, readers learn a little bit about Poppleton's routine. Monday IS library day. In the third, readers meet another friend of Poppleton, a goat named Fillmore. In this last story, Poppleton has come to take care of his sick friend, but is Fillmore an easy patient?!?!

My thoughts: I enjoyed this one SO MUCH. I loved, loved, LOVED it. I loved the humor. I loved the characters. I loved the writing. I loved the illustrations. I loved it all.
Cherry Sue was very friendly. In the mornings she called out, "Yoo hoo! Poppleton! Would you like some oatmeal?" So Poppleton had oatmeal with Cherry Sue. In the afternoon she called out, "Yoo hoo! Poppleton! Would you like a toasted cheese?" So Poppleton had toasted cheese with Cherry Sue. At night she called out, "Yoo hoo! Poppleton! Would you like spaghetti?" So Poppleton had spaghetti with Cherry Sue. This went on day after day. At first it was fun. But not for long.
Poppleton took library day very seriously. At the library Poppleton always got a table all to himself. He spread out each of his things on the table: his eyeglasses, his tissues, his lip balm, his pocket watch, his book marker, and his duffel.

© 2018 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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