August 13, 2015
Mr. Putter and Tabby Spill the Beans by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Arthur Howard
Mr. Putter and Tabby Spill the Beans
by Cynthia Rylant
illustrated by Arthur Howard
Harcourt Children’s Books
Mr. Putter and Tabby head off to another adventure with Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke. This time they are taking a cooking class. Mrs. Teaberry is sure it will be fun. Mr. Putter will admit that some of the new things they try, like the tandem bike, are great fun. Other things? Not so fun.
On the way to the cooking class, Mrs. Teaberry’s tells him it is 100 ways to cook beans. Mr. Putter is pretty sure this will not be the most fun he’s ever had but he’s not ready to give up on his friend. Not surprisingly, they are the only two people to show up to class with pets. The instructor tells them it will be okay as long as Tabby and Zeke stay under the table.
During the first recipe, Mr. Putter was wide awake. By recipe 7, he’s yawning. By recipe 14, he’s snoring and Zeke has found the granola bar in someone’s purse. All hilarity breaks out when the lady reaches into her bag for her granola bar and finds Zeke instead. I don’t want to ruin the funny parts so you’ll have to read it to find out what slap stick things occur.
Finding good early readers can be tough. Many of them don’t really have a story so it is hard to keep your new reader engaged from beginning to end. The great thing about the Mr. Putter and Tabby books is that they have two things that young readers love — an actual story and humor. Some of the humor is in the text, but Arthur Howard ramps it up with the additions he makes to the story through the illustrations. As Mrs. Teaberry takes notes, we learn what it is they are learning to cook. Tacos. Pretty basic. Lima bean gingersnaps? Ewww! Three bean jello? Ugh!
A new reader doesn’t have to read each story from beginning to end. Because these stories are a little longer, they are broken into seven chapters. The ability to conquer just a few pages in one sitting will help booster your reader’s confidence. Share this story with the new reader in your life.