The Problem with the Puddles
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What if your parents agreed to disagree?
Eight and a half years ago, when their beautiful baby girl was born, Mr. and Mrs. Puddle couldn't agree on what to name her. So Mrs. Puddle calls her daughter Emily and Mr. Puddle calls her Ferdinanda. And everyone else? They call her Baby.
Having parents who agree to disagree does mean twice as many presents on your birthday, but it can complicate your life! There was the time Baby's parents couldn't agree on what kind of dog to get -- so they got two, both named Sally. One summer day, when rushing back to the city from their country house, the Puddles leave the Sallys behind. Will the Puddles agree to go back? What will become of the Sallys?
Kate Feiffer's debut novel is by turns funny, heartwarming, and wholly satisfying. Tricia Tusa's pleasing artwork makes the Puddles' world complete.
Let the Puddle family into your heart. You will be glad you did.
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Behind the Book
My Mother Is Trying to Ruin My Life
Sometimes I feel that I find a story that’s waiting for me to pick it up, as if it’s been abandoned by the side of the road. Sometimes I feel that I create a story from scraps left around my house. Henry the Dog with No Tail is an example of something that I pulled together from the scraps of my life. I found My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life in the cafeteria at my daughter’s school.
Let me explain.
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