- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Aladdin (September 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481438395
- ISBN-13: 978-1481438391
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,319,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 2—Fuddles is a pampered, overweight house cat whose perfect world is turned upside down when his family brings home a new puppy. Puddles drools, whines, and annoys Fuddles to no end. Pushed to his limit, the indignant feline tells the interloper to "GET OUT OF HERE! THIS IS MY HOUSE." After that, Puddles keeps his distance. When Fuddles tries to pick a yummy avocado off a branch of a tree and ends up on top of the neighbor's doghouse, he sees his ninth and final life flash before his eyes. Puddles comes to his rescue, and Fuddles realizes that his rival is actually a good friend. The digitally rendered illustrations add humor and emotion to this tale about frenemies. VERDICT An entertaining offering loaded with hilarious moments that will delight listeners in storytime and small groups. A great addition to the series.—Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN
A cossetted house cat copes with the addition of a rambunctiouspuppy to his previously placid household.
Fuddles hasn't changed much since his previous appearances (AVery Fuddles Christmas, 2013, etc.). Still a (big) fan of eating, sleeping,and luxurious living, he's horrified when his family adopts a dog. The licking,slobbering, and chasing are bad enough, but purloining Fuddles' food is thelast straw. Despite a decisive falling-out, however, Puddles (the aptly namedpuppy whose indoor accident precedes the first full image of him) still chargesto the rescue when Fuddles accidentally encounters the scary dog next door. Theplot is predictable, but Vischer energizes the tale with humorous touches inhis digitally created cartoon-style artwork. Anthropomorphic antics andexaggerated expressions abound, as do unlikely situations, all set in a sunny,suburban world of green lawns and cozy interiors. The depiction of Fuddleslounging in a bubble bath, the black-and-white montage reviewing his previous(pampered) lives, and the numerous vignettes of Puddles engaged in typicalcanine behavior also emphasize the pets' contrasting personalities andpreferences. Changes in font size, meanwhile, enliven the straightforward textby creating momentum and revealing emotions.
Most likely to be appreciated by Fuddles' existing fans, thisserviceable story offers another look at the age-old conflict between cats anddogs--and at their traditionally accepted qualities (like laziness and loyalty)as well. (Picture book. 4-7) BOOKSELLER Kirkus review
Fuddles is a fat, lazy, and utterly content cat. His people spoil him rotten and that is exactly how things should be. According to Fuddles. Then one day Fuddles wakes up from a nap, he goes into the kitchen, and he sees that there is a puddle on the floor. Worse still there is a little dog that goes with the puddle. A dog that barks and drools, and makes puddles. Fuddles is "disgusted" and he wants nothing to do with the dog.
Unfortunately, Puddles does not seem to understand how much Fuddles dislikes him. The little dog follows Fuddles everywhere, even to the litterbox. Fuddles hardly gets a break from the little pest and one day, when Fuddles catches Puddles eating his food, the cat loses his temper. He has had enough, and so he yowls and is so frightening that the dog runs away and he stays away. Fuddles is "delighted." He has got rid of the dog pest and now life can settle down and go back to the way it was.
All is well until Fuddles gets himself into a dreadful situation; a situation that means that he needs help and he needs it quickly.
Many of us hate it when change comes into our lives, especially when that change brings inconveniences and perhaps a little chaos with it. What we often don't realize is that change can actually be a good thing; it can bring unexpected gifts with it that we did not even know about.
With wonderful touches of humor and an appreciation for human (and cat) nature, Frans Vischer brings us a third Fuddles story that will delight readers of all ages.
Review Written by Marya Jansen-Gruber Through The Looking Glass
Format: Hardcover picture book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or aStarred review) 5
What did you like about the book? Fuddles is a big, fat, happy black and white cat who pretty muchhas the perfect life - until "Who let a drooling dog in the house?" The dog iscute but pretty much typically dog in the style of Odie and Bad Kitty's Puppy.Puddles follows Fuddles everywhere, imitating his actions but also crying,whining and howling at night. Fuddles has had enough and regains hissuperiority until he finds himself trapped on the top of the nasty, mean dog'sdoghouse next door. Well, of course, the exuberant Puddles saves him and theday; best friends forever now.
The illustrations are beyondwonderful in illustrating the spoiled, pampered, scared cat and theeffervescent puppy.
To whom would you recommend this book? Everyone, but especially those who like fun books, dogs andcats. Good for a themed storytime. Pair it with Ragweed'sFarm Dog Handbook byAnne Vittur Kennedy.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, lowest elementary school grades and day-cares
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our "to read" piles? Yes.
Reviewer's Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 9/28/2016
From the dust jacket: "The perfectlypampered world of Fuddles comes screeching to a halt when a newpuppy--Puddles--joins the family. Puddles howls all night, slobbers all day, andeven "puddles" on the kitchen floor!
"There must be some way Fuddles can get rid of Puddles, before thisout-of-control canine forever ruins Fuddle's charmed life.
"The fur truly flies in Frans Vischer's story about frenemies who may justbecome lifelong friends....".
Fuddles has quickly become a favoritepicture book character for The Board. We all love the way Fuddles is pamperedand dream of a day when our mom would pamper us the way Fuddles is - gourmetfood, back rubs, bubble baths - well, maybe not bubble baths! This book is sofunny - I laughed all the way through. Puddles is thoroughly adorable,adaptable, and amenable to Fuddles' cattitude. He loves Fuddles even thoughFuddles does NOT love him!
At the bottom of this post I'veincluded a photo from the book of the author and his pets that inspired thisstory.
Rating 5 out of 5 paws because it'sjust so catgone funny!!! Cats read, cats review
Life for Fuddles is extremelygood. In case you don't know, Fuddles is a spoiled, pampered, well-fed - okay,fat - cat with a picture book series ofhis own that's written and illustrated by the talented and quite funny FransVischer. There's Fuddles' debut book, aptly titled Fuddles; hisholiday book called A Very Fuddles Christmas; and today's feature, Fuddlesand Puddles.
In Fuddlesand Puddles, a content and pudgy Fuddles is enjoying his lazy, gluttonous life until something "wet and slobbery" jolts him out of hiseuphoria. Someone let a dog in the house, and not by mistake, either,because Fuddles' family proceeds to name the bothersome pup, Puddles.
Puddles barks, sniffs,slobbers, digs, and chases things for absolutely no reason at all. If thatisn't bad enough, Puddles even tries to eat Fuddles' cat food. When Fuddlessets him straight, Puddles keeps his distance. This is fine by Fuddles...until hefinds himself face-to-face with the neighbor's snarling dog without any way toprotect himself. Puddles' slobbery face would certainly be a sight for soreeyes right about now.
This is a delightful littlebook about making room for others and accepting change. It's also aboutaccepting differences, because nothing could be more different than a fat, snooty cat and a yipping, high-strung, slobbery puppy.
Mr. Vischer's prose is briefand to-the-point for young readers, and yet it still manages to be quite funny.His rich, colorful, smile-worthy illustrations expertly capture roly-polylaziness, arched backs complete with raised hairs, snooty gazes and long,slobbering tongues.
Use this versatile book for avariety of lessons: to discuss animal personalities and animal care; as anintroduction for conversations about "only children," sharing, and acceptingdifferences; and as a guide for learning to make room for others.
Reviewed by Rita Lorraine for Picture Book Depot
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The family names the pup Puddles and he is completely enamored with Fuddles. He follows Fuddles everywhere...including the litter box! The poor stalked kitty can only get a break when the two are let outside to play.
One day, Puddles takes things too far by eating Fuddles's food. Fuddles decides to lay down the law. Puddles soon learns to give Fuddles his space. But what happens when the friend Fuddles didn't want becomes the friend that he desperately needs?
I simply adored this story from start to finish! Being the proud fur mom to five dogs and two cats, I can definitely relate to the tensions that develop when a new pet is brought home. The illustrations are gorgeously adorable. I was quite surprised to see a two page spread illustration. Vischer was able to beautifully convey an emotional scene through stunning illustrations.
I highly recommend this book to readers and animal lovers of all ages. Anyone who has ever owned or fostered multiple pets will totally be able to relate to this fantastic tale. The characters of Fuddles and Puddles are sure to enchant and delight both young and old.
The Fuddles cat-mare had just begun because when he went into the kitchen there was a puddle on the floor. When he turn around *EEK* … there was none other than “a drooling dog in the house!” Up in the air, out went the hair, Fuddles’s eyes grew round, and those claws went out. The family loved the new pup, Puddles, but Fuddles decidedly did not. He was “so disgusted, he lost his appetite” and couldn't sleep.
That dog was “whining, crying, and howling.” Such a pain for the one-time pampered cat of the house! Puddles loved to pester Fuddles, but he was a cat who decidedly did NOT love the attention. Enough was enough and all of a sudden Fuddles let that pup know he’d “finally had enough!” Hissssss! Hissssss! No more pesky Puddles to deal with, but soon there was big, big trouble. Fuddles fell over the fence and it looked like it just could be his “ninth and final life.” Was Puddles going to be the king of Fuddles’s castle in his stead?
This is an uproariously funny tale of Fuddles, the cat whose life was upended by pesky Puddles, the pup. This is one of those rare tales that will charm the socks off both young and old alike. Any household that has ever added a other pet, or even a baby, knows just how crazy it can get. Fuddles is a cat who is just not a happy camper, not one iota. I had to chuckle many times throughout the book, especially when Fuddles put that rambunctious Puddles in his place. Frans Vischner, who writes from experience, has masterfully blended his fabulous artwork and the storyline. If you've ever introduced a pup into the house … well, let's just say you're going to love this story!
A Very Fuddles Christmas
Fuddles and Puddles
This book courtesy of the publisher (galleys).
Fuddles enjoys his life as a pampered cat, but the day Puddles enters the picture his life is turned upside down. No more relaxing afternoon naps or quite meals alone. Puddles is always around and full of energy. Finally, Fuddles has enough and yells at Puddles who sadly decides to keep his distance. So, when Fuddles falls from a tree and lands in the neighbor's backyard he's surprised Puddles comes to his rescue. Will Fuddles finally accept Puddles into the family?
As an owner of a pampered cat as well as an energetic Pomeranian, I completely identified with and adored the story. Our Pomeranian loves to force herself on our pampered cat who reacts much like the angry Fuddles. However, unlike Puddles, our Pomeranian always comes back for more!
The illustrations are entertaining and cleverly detailed. I found myself lingering on each page in order to take in the creative artwork which adds to the story's amusement.
Fuddles and Puddles is superbly written and illustrated. I highly recommend picking up a copy.