How funny is this little book?? From the first page to the last I was pretty awe-struck at how absolutely ridiculous almost every single sentence was, but everything was crazy in such a charming way. It's really one of those books that is just plain fun to read and filled with characters that I really think we should be seeing more of in the future. The Problem with the Puddles is just wonderful and SO darn funny!
The Puddle family simply wants to get back to the city (except for the father of course...he looooves the country). After spending some time in the country, everyone is pretty much done with the vacation and wants to get back to their city lifestyle, piling into the family car and promptly hitting the road, forgetting their two dogs (the two Sallies) in the process.
The family quickly realizes they left the dogs behind (well after two hours of driving), but can't decide when to go back for them, probably because they've also realized their car has broken down and tipped over. Their loyal dogs have started out on their own journey anyways, following their family home.
The book alternates between the family and their predicament and the dog's journey to find their family. Both are utterly charming and pretty hilarious! You're going to fall in love with the Puddles and the Sallies, I think it's impossible to not!
Kate Feiffer is the creator of this fantastic middle grade novel and the illustrator is Tricia Tusa whose drawings add adorable humor to the text.
I read this one for the Spring Reading Thing Challenge.
The Problem with the Puddles
Middle grade fiction
Simon & Schuster
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