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K-Gr 3-From her Dumpster on Straye Street Alley, Tabby D. Cat dispenses advice and wisdom to the troubled animals of Critterville. From Boots Whitepaw, who is being smothered with affection by an indulgent child owner, to Betty Bear, who has left the Dingaling Sisters' Traveling Circus after a spat with her brother, Tabby tries to guide her correspondents in their search for happiness. This epistolary picture book is attractive and easy to read, sometimes presenting the writers of the letters in the illustrations, and sometimes showing Tabby as she formulates her responses. Tabby follows her own advice, and her well-being is orchestrated through machinations and common sense, as she shines a light on how a person (or parrot, or skunk, or cat) can make her own happiness. It is a positive message, although the way it comes about might surprise some readers. This book is well suited for one-on-one sharing, with plenty of opportunity for trying on different voices. It would also serve as a fun recommendation for reluctant early elementary readers who still prefer picture books to chapter books.-Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MAα (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The author of Boris and Bella (2004) offers another humorous picture book brimming with wordplay. In typewritten letters, alley resident Tabby D. Cat dictates shrewd advice to the troubled creatures of Critterville—a pampered cat, a sad basset, a chatty parrot, a lost bear, a lonely skunk, a frantic hamster, and an anxious groundhog. Using common sense, she counsels the parrot to listen, the skunk to be patient, and the groundhog to shine on his special day. Fizzy Hamster is advised to “stop and smell the cedar chips,” while Manfred Basset is directed to sniff out happiness around him. Although some animals require more guidance than others (spoiled feline Boots runs away after his fourth whiny missive—opening up a purr-fect home for the appreciative Tabby), her wisdom eventually prevails. Roberts’ playful artwork provides many details that extend and enhance Crimi’s clever text. Share this with fans of Eileen Christelow’s Letters from a Desperate Dog (2006) and Mark Teague’s Dear Mrs. LaRue (2002). Grades K-3. --Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006114245X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061142451
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,976,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Tabby D. Cat is a hungry alley cat who will solve the problems of the animal world in exchange for food. In typical "Dear Abby" fashion, Tabby receives and answers letters from animals of all stripes. There's spoiled fellow cat Boots who doesn't appreciate being fed sardines, being dressed in a sweater, or being carted around in a baby carriage by his little girl owner. There's Manfred the hound dog who's searching for the meaning of life. There's Pauline the parrot who might have a question if she could just stop talking long enough to think of one. And there's Stanky the love-starved skunk, Betty the runaway circus bear, Fizzy the dizzy hamster and Guy the groundhog who's nervous about his first performance.

Tabby not only answers her correspondents in creative and thoughtful ways, she manages to find a convenient and unique solution to improve the life of one of her correspondents - and her own. Just shows what you can do if you change your perspective.

The illustrations are cute and attractive. The page layouts are also engaging, as each is presented in letter format. Tizzy's letter format is especially funny. Toward the end of the book there are a number of classified ads that tell us how Tabby's correspondents' problems have been resolved.

The book is witty and humorous, which will appeal to parents and perhaps older children. Younger children - those too young to read the newspaper or to have heard of an advice column - will be a little baffled. The story works even without an understanding of an advice column, but it loses a lot. I would recommend it more for ages six to ten.
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By Peggy Archer on September 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
DEAR TABBY
AUTHOR Carolyn Crimi
Illustrated by David Roberts
HarperCollins Children's Books 2011

Got Troubles? Tabby D. Cat can help! And so begins the story of Tabby D. Cat, the "Dear Abby" of the pet world. In DEAR TABBY, Tabby gives advice to a cat who is unhappy with her owner, a dog looking for happiness, a parrot who likes to talk but doesn't like to listen, a circus bear who has run away from the circus, a skunk looking for love, a hamster who's stuck running in circles, and a groundhog feeling the pressure of his first Groundhog's Day. Tabby's advice doesn't always seem to hit the mark right away, but she somehow manages to help turn their problems around with a successful solution. In the end Tabby even helps herself when she finds a home with someone to love her, and closes with what just might be her best advice yet. Written in Dear Abby style, and complimented by the colorful illustrations with fonts to match the personalities of the authors of their letters, readers get another dose of Crimi's much-loved humor.
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Format: Hardcover
Even pets have problems, but while humans have countless newspaper columns, call-in radio shows and daytime television programs, where can pets go for advice? That’s where Tabby comes in…

One of the things I LOVE about Tabby is that she’s inclusive rather than exclusive. She doesn't only advise her like species, but also birds, dogs, hamsters, and even trained Circus bears!

She’ll also counsel the wilder critter folks, such as a lovelorn skunk who could be Pepe le Pew’s long lost distant cousin. Well. minus the french accent and “Don Juan” complex…

Author Carolyn Crimi nails the epistolary form. Each exchange between the animal inquirer and Tabby short and sweet with tons of personality.

David Roberts illustrations have this hip and slick retro style that still feels contemporary, and in this era of digital communications, seeing the use of paper, pencils, and typewriters delights the nostalgia buff in me.

-Abridged version of the original review at TalkingAnimalAddicts.com
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Format: Hardcover
A letter from Stanky Skunque: "Dear Tabby, I've been lonely for so long. Something about the white stripes down my back puts everyone off. It's sort of hard to meet girls when they're screaming and running away from you. Should I just give up? Love, Stanky

Dear Stanky (ever thought about changing your name, by the way?), Be patient, my fragrant friend! For every saltshaker there's a pepper mill, for every cup there's a saucer, and for every ham there's a cheese. I know that somewhere there's a gal with the good scents---er, sense---to see the beauty of your inner, stripeless self. In the meantime, try some cologne. Purrfectly yours, Tabby D. Cat"

Tabby D. Cat is an advice columnist who helps animals of all shapes and sizes cope with the problems that occur in their lives, with wit and useful suggestions.
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By Missy Lee on October 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Not only does my 1st grade daughter love reading this book, but she and the other girls in her class fight over it in the library! I'm buying her a copy, just to end the weekly battle over Tabby D. Cat! The Dear Tabby letters are great, and she loves each unique animals problems and to see their progress as the books goes on - Wheel for sale and a Pleasantly Plump Parrot. Fantastic, fun book that this family loves.
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