Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Problem with the Puddles by Kate Feiffer

"A cloud hovers over the Puddles."

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Abstract: The Puddle parents cannot seem to agree about anything, but when their dogs go missing the whole family embarks on an unlikely quest that eventually answers many unasked questions.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, 197 pages


tessyohnka said...

There were many delightful aspects to the book -- the cloud shapes were fun, and the exchanges between Sally and Sally are perhaps worthy of a book of their own. My problem with the book is the level of absurdity. We all enjoy moments of absurdity but I felt the Puddles were mired in it. When they started climbing over the endless list of garbage items while stranded at the Frankolins -- I lost interest.

Dawn said...

It was interesting, too, to listen to the audio version of the book because the arguing between the parents got really old really fast. I imagine that if I was reading the text myself I wouldn't have minded so much.

Kris said...

I don't know, Dawn, the arguing was quite annoying in print, as well. I would have been very happy with a book about Sally and Sally -- no other Puddles necessary.

Anonymous said...

I too, listened to the audiobook, and felt it get old fast. I also had big doubts when they brought in Scott, the "Secret Catcher", wondering why on earth they were bringing his character in. It only took until Frankolin told us he was adopted for me to figure out where he fit in to this twisted story. Sally squared were definitely my favorite characters!