President Pennybaker ) move into middle-grade fiction, in a story about a family that, for some reason, attracts cloud"/>

The Problem with the Puddles

Kate Feiffer, Author, Tricia Tusa, Illustrator , illus. by Tricia Tusa. S&S/Wiseman $16.99 (208p) ISBN 978-1-4169-4961-9

This capricious novel marks Feiffer's (President Pennybaker ) move into middle-grade fiction, in a story about a family that, for some reason, attracts clouds (“It was as if the cloud suddenly forgot it was heading to a hurricane in Florida or an important blizzard in Canada”). Additionally, the Puddle parents disagree on everything: one of their children is called Baby because they couldn't choose a name. And since the couple squabbled over a breed, the Puddles have two dogs—both named Sally. Alternating between the perspectives of the two- and four-legged family members, the story reveals what happens when the Puddles inadvertently leave “the Sallys” behind at the end of a long vacation in the country. The kid-friendly humor (“Just like meat loaf is like a loaf of meat, a conundrum is like a drum of conun,” one of the Sallys “explains,” as the dogs consider what to do), the full cast of eccentric characters and Tusa's (Fred Stays with Me! ) lively b&w spot art should readily win fans for the Puddle family. Ages 8–12. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 03/16/2009
Release date: 02/01/2009
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Paperback - 195 pages - 978-1-4424-2101-1
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Open Ebook - 208 pages - 978-1-4391-5669-8
Compact Disc - 978-0-7393-8127-4
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