The Problem with the Puddles
Publication Date: February 24, 2009
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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. Let the Puddle family into your heart. You will be glad you did.
Kate Feiffer is a writer, a filmmaker, a mother, and the author of four picture books for children, including Double Pink,which the New York Times Book Review praised for its “economy of style and understated wit,” and President Pennybaker, which Kirkus Reviews called “breezy and charming and pleasingly subversive.” Kate lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.