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Percy and TumTum: A Tale of Two Dogs Hardcover – May 1, 2012

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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.

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“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.”

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762444290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762444298
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,018,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jen Hill was born in Illinois and raised in Northern New Jersey. She studied illustration and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. A love of character design and storytelling led her to a career in children's media. Her first picture book, "The Boy with Pink Hair" was written by Perez Hilton and published by Penguin/Celebra in 2011. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and many imaginary pets.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 1creativerose on June 5, 2012
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A cute and clever tale that sure to please children and adults alike! My 5 year old returns to this book over and over again. An adorablable tale and with even more clever illustration by the very talented Jen Hill. We can't wait for the next tale!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shoshona19 on June 5, 2012
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I purchased this book mainly because Percy is a dachshund and my nieces are particularly fond of my doxie. What a pleasant surprise to have come across such a gem of a children's book! The artwork is colorful and charming, delightful to the adults and the children. The story is simple, sweet, with a nice resolution and a good lesson for kids about being nice and accepting others. Childrens stories often try too hard to have a moral and end up preachy or dull. I enjoyed the book so much on the first reading that it took a minute to realize it also had a nice lesson included.

My whole family is hoping for more adventures for Percy and TumTum, as well as an animated series, lunch boxes and of course Percyland with a TumTum picnic area. In the meantime, this book will be read and re-read, joining other cherished favorites in the pantheon of childrens books.
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We have only owned it a week but i keep reading it to the kids each night because it is so fun. The story is a goof - just the right amount of text - and the pictures are offbeat & funny. My kids & i have a few favorites (wide mouth frog, in the night kitchen, giant jam sandwich, the mole who went in search of whodunit, sweet dream pie). This one joined the list after the third read.
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Enjoyed this book, gave it as a baby shower gift for friends that have a dog (hopefully their dog won't be as jealous of the baby as Percy is of TumTum!). The art is very playful and unique and the story is great.
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By susan katz on June 8, 2013
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I bought this for my niece and ended up getting a copy for myself as well - because it's just a cute book to have around. Percy is jealous when TumTum becomes a part of the family and this book is about how he tries to sabotage TumTum so that he will have everyone's attention all to himself again. It's a good lesson that children can't hear enough - that you don't win any friends if you are a mean bully. I loved the illustrations. Very cute.
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