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The Trouble with Tilly Trumble Hardcover – April 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810959720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810959729
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–Tilly Trumble loves four-legged, scruffy old things–chairs in particular. She makes the rounds of yard sales, flea markets, and swap meets looking for just the right one to go in front of her fireplace. One day another type of scruffy old thing comes to her porch: a dog. Tilly tries hard to resist loving him, but readers know that, in the end, the something else that the woman needs to sit in front of her fire is the pooch. The descriptive language is creative, and the bold, exuberant acrylic illustrations are filled with electric shades of green and purple. The double-page image of Tilly hugging the dog is especially wonderful, as they both smile broadly. Even with its predictable ending (or maybe because of it), this is a satisfying story of two unique individuals finding one another.–Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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K-Gr. 2. Old Tilly Trumble scours flea markets, swap meets, and garage sales for chairs. She just loves them--lumpy, flowered, broken-down, "holding out their arms, inviting her to cozy up in their laps." The neighbors tease her about her four-legged finds, but Tilly is happy, except for one thing: she can't find the right chair for a special space by the fire. After a scruffy old dog appears on her porch and decides to stay, Tilly finds her affection for four-legged things unexpectedly broadened, and also gets a new furry friend, just right for that fireside space. The vividly hued acrylic illustrations, heightened by neon accents, are expressive and animated, incorporating numerous playful details and perspectives. Although the descriptive, lively prose can be hard to read against the vibrantly colored, textured pages, it still conveys Tilly's whimsical lifestyle and her growing fondness for her canine companion. A touching story of finding comfort when one least expects it. Shelle Rosenfeld
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Lauder on June 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My daughter (age 6) loved this book! It's very colorful and fun and it has a sweet ending! I recommend it!
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By cetesofi on March 29, 2014
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My daughter and I love this book. It is about being true to yourself, being kind to others, opening your heart to possibilities. Tilly thinks she is looking for "something else", but what she finds is a scruffy old dog. She discovers how much she really loves him despite the unexpected "packaging", and that she can stop searching. Anyone who has ever adopted and loved a rescue dog or cat will understand this book very well.
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What a funny and entertaining book. My kids enjoy the story and wonderful pictures. I have read had the opportunity to read it to their elementary school class when it is parents read day and all the kids enjoyed it. The art work is beautifully done and the story line well thoughtout. Tilly kinda reminds me of Silly Sally, another wonderful book.
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By AbbyLane on February 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a very sweet story with a great message. It is well written, very appealing for children and fun to real aloud. We checked this out at the library and it became clear this would have to be a purchase to add to our children's (ages 3 & 4) library. It has become a favorite and gets Mom's seal of approval. Very much recommend!
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