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Monday, May 25, 2009

The Problem with Puddles (Picture Book)

Released February 2009

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Every married couple has to make a few compromises. In the case of Mr. and Mrs. Puddle that means that after tying the knot they both agreed it would be quite acceptable to disagree. Now that might be OK when there were just the two of them, but when the baby came along things got rather complicated.

For example, since they could not agree on a name, Mrs. Puddle calls her daughter Emily and Mr. Puddle calls her Ferdinanda. Everyone else just calls the eight-year-old girl, "Baby"!

Then there was the issue of a new dog. Neither of the Puddles could agree on the breed so they bought two dogs and called them both Sally. (Remarkably, they did agree on a single name!) Now, it gets even better when one summer the family leaves the two Sallys behind in the country when they go back to their city home. Will they agree to go back and get the two mutts? If they do go back, will they find the dogs? Perhaps the most important question of all is - Will Mr. and Mrs. Puddle ever learn the meaning of the word "compromise"?

An outrageous farce about a likable, albeit bizarre, family and their two Sallys, this chapter book is sure to delight children eight years of age and older. Mom and dad might just want to sneak a peek too, especially if they are curious about what all the giggling is about!

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