It's summertime, and Mr. Putter and Tabby are tired of being hot. Their neighbor Mrs. Teaberry and her dog Zeke are sweaty, too. Maybe a trip to the pond will cool them off. Mrs. Teaberry packs a lunch of apple tea, tomato sandwiches, and kiwi salad. Mr. Putter likes her funny food. When they get to the pond, they rent a boat and find a shady spot for a picnic. They share tall tales while they eat. Mr. Putter tells about the time he won a worm race. Mrs. Teaberry tells about winning $300 and spending it all on nail polish. Soon everyone's feeling cool as cucumbers. John McDonough's playful narrative makes every one of Mr. Putter's outings as delightful and engaging as the last. Young readers can't get enough of this lovable old character who sees the world through playful young eyes.
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by Cynthia Rylant
"Cynthia Rylant is one of the most prolific writers of easy fiction these days, and her Mr. Putter & Tabby series is one of the most humorous. John McDonough is consistently delightful as Mr. Putter, imbuing the characters and their friendships with warmth and camaraderie, as they try to cool off in the heat of the summer. McDonough's slow, relaxed pace makes it easy for new listeners to follow along as they learn the sounds and inflections of new words, and adds to the sense of heat and enervation that a hot summer day can bring. Without individualized voices, he moves the story and characters right along. W.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"