Pugtato Finds a Thing

Sophie Corrigan. Zonderkidz, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-3107-6781-7
Diligence and openheartedness are the themes of this rhyming story by Corrigan (The Not Bad Animals), but its real appeal lies in its eccentric cast: each character is a mash-up of a vegetable and animal species, with a hybrid name that evokes Parentese. The eponymous Pugtato, a roly-poly tuber-puppy who lives in a vegetable patch, discovers the mysterious and seemingly inanimate “Thing”—pearly pink and shaped like a Nautilus shell—and wants to do right by it. But friends like Tweetroot, a beet-red bird, and Carrat, who’s bright orange and toothy, are only interested in Thing for their own purposes (“Carrat thought Thing/ was for gnawing and chewing”). Finally, the wise Unicorn on the Cob advises from a leafy stalk, “you must follow your heart./ For it holds all the answers/ and sets you apart”; thus inspired, Pugtato hugs Thing, and it blossoms into a new friend. While the book’s earnestness is undeniable, its real impact may be in the giggles it inspires when readers next see a salad or produce stand. Ages 4–8. Agent: Mark Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 05/28/2020
Release date: 08/01/2020
Genre: Children's
Book - 978-0-310-76786-2
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