Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book
Illustrated by Arthur Howard
Harcourt Books, 2005
Mr. Putter and his orange cat, Tabby, are enjoying a cold winter indoors where it is warm and cozy. One day Mr. Putter has an idea to write a mystery novel. He gathers his materials and thinks up a title for his book. He is so happy with his title he celebrates by fixing himself a snack in the kitchen and then he took a nap. The next day he sits down to write the first chapter – after a long breakfast with Tabby. While he’s thinking of what to write he goes about the house and does chores. Will he ever write the book? He spends his whole day doing stuff other than actually writing. On the third day he still wants to write but instead of writing a mystery, he makes a list of “Good Things” and is happy with that. And by taking stock of what is good in his life, he opens himself to many more good things to come.
A very cute book, although Mr. Putter is the star and not Tabby. The illustrations are bright and cheerful, the print is large enough for early chapter readers to enjoy this book on their own.