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K-Gr 2-When fluffy, adorable, and talented TumTum is adopted from an animal shelter, the other resident canine is not happy. Serious and dignified Percy refuses to be friends with such a silly dog, and the fact that everyone loves the happy-go-lucky newcomer only makes matters worse. To show his dissatisfaction, he plays mean-spirited tricks on the interloper, who doesn't let such behavior bother him. When TumTum receives the Pet of the Year award at the summer block party, jealous Percy devises his worst trick yet. He decides to be Delilah to TumTum's Samson. Deep in the night, he cuts off all of the sleeping pup's wonderful white hair. The plan backfires when the townspeople suddenly want to get haircuts just like TumTum's. Percy finally understands that it is the pooch's winning personality and not his fluffy fur that makes him so popular. In apology, Percy shaves off his fur and gains a new look and a new friend. Hill's graphic-style illustrations support the story and extend its humor. Themes of sibling rivalry and bullying are sure to resonate with many readers.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
“Adorably illustrated and sweetly told.”
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“A funny story that cleverly addresses the important topics of jealousy, bad deeds that arise from that emotion, and making amends, this choice is delightful in every way.”
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“The story of Percy and TumTum lets youngsters know that there’s a wonderful way to turn that negative feeling into a positive one. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and your kids will, too!”
The Oakland Journal
“a wonderful read for families who adore dogs.”
Great book. We have a dog named Percy so my daughter loved it!Published 5 months ago by Teresa Campbell
My kids give this book two thumbs up! Wonderful story with amazing illustrations. Have purchased as a gift for others. Highly recommend.Published 20 months ago by Robert Young
I love the illustrations! I think they are suppose to be retro 60's, but the big hair, spandex, and wide high waist belts look suspiciously 80's to me. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Gumdrop
Kids love it! It makes the short list for bedtime stories and gets a giggle everytime. Great job with the illistrations.Published on May 16, 2012 by SB