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Dear Tabby Hardcover – February 8, 2011
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think that David Roberts' imaginative, humorous, and eye-catching illustrations would make any book fifty times more wonderful than if they had been illustrated by anyone else.Published 19 months ago by Nelson Muntz
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? Read morePublished 20 months ago by Taurean J. Watkins
Truly wonderful tale for kids (and for the adults reading to them!) Absolutely love the clever jokes, cute animal troubles, and awesome ways of solving them! Read morePublished 22 months ago by LeiLa R Bryant
My 5 year old daughter loves this book and so do I. She wants to read it all of the time and each time we both laugh at the funny stories- especially with Pauline Parrot.Published on March 11, 2012 by Kristine M.