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'A Very Fuddles Christmas'

Fuddles—the fat, pampered cat—weathers a wintry wonderland in this holiday story of merry misadventures!

The way Fuddles, the overly indulged feline, sees the world, it’s better to receive than give! And what better gift for Fuddles than Christmas? One winter day, he wakes up to the smells and sights of the holiday: a juicy turkey dinner, sweet gingerbread, and a tree decorated with shiny, glittering toys—all for him! But when Fuddles tries to climb the tree, his family chases him away. He runs outside to escape, smack into cold and ice and snow! Will Fuddles ever make it back home in time to celebrate the merriest time of the year?

Fuddles Christmas
S&S/Aladdin, (32p) Ages 4–7. ISBN 978-1416991564
Available in Bulgarian

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The Library Journal Review:

...Vischer’s expressive, full-color cartoon illustrations flow well with the text and will work well during storytime. Fuddles’s fans will not be disappointed.

- Maureen Wade, formerly at Los Angeles Public Library.

 

'Fuddles'

Fuddles is a fat, pampered, indoor cat who seeks an outdoor adventure. One day he sneaks outside, but his exploits go terribly awry. Fuddles eventually finds his way back home, a little wiser and more appreciative of his family and home.

Fuddles         $15.99
S&S/Aladdin, (32p) Ages 4–7. ISBN 978-1-4169-9155-7
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The Library Journal Review:

...Although not an unusual subject, this oversize story is full of fun with large, expressive pictures of the inimitable character as he discovers the challenges of the outdoors. Certainly the book is a candidate for a themed storytime or a bedtime read to chuckle over. Most libraries should make the acquaintance of Fuddles.

–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

 

'Jimmy Dabble'

"Jimmy arrived like a ray of sunlight in the drab lives of his parents." Although both were kindhearted, Hank and Maggie Dabble struggled so hard on their poor farm on the very edge of a dark wood that they had little time for anything but chores. That left Jimmy alone most of the time. In a lighthearted style, Vischer constructs a believable fantasy in which the squabbling hens, wise cow, friendly sheep, and a pig named Al become Jimmy's companions on many adventures. It turns out that these animals are talented and save the day in a melodramatic twist at the end of the story that children will enjoy. Add to the mix a zany grandmother, a not-so-scary creature named Beebo who lives in the dark woods, and a disaster or two, and you have the ingredients for a story that children will appreciate. Vischer's abundant large-sized cartoons and spot-art creations are as lively and exuberant as the text. The diversity of characters and ample dialogue make the book a good choice as either a group read-aloud or an independent read. Not quite so complex as E. B. White's Charlotte's Web (HarperCollins, 1952) or a Roald Dahl creation, Jimmy Dabble will expose children to a well-written fantasy and leave many of them searching for similar titles.

Ages 7-10
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (July 23, 2001)
ISBN-10: 0525466711 / ISBN-13: 978-0525466710

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...Jimmy Dabble will expose children to a well-written fantasy and leave many of them searching for similar titles."

- Lee Bock,
Glenbrook Elementary School as published in School Library Journal August, 2001

 

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