Synopses & Reviews
Percy the Pug loves puddles — big puddles, small puddles, swamp puddles, stomp puddles. But no puddle is perfect... until he finds one with three friendly piglets. But protective Mama Pig says NO PUGS and chases Percy away! Irresistibly illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi, Kim Norman's tale about a persistent pug and his pursuit of friendship in puddle paradise brims with warmth and charm.
"'Percy was a puddle pug. He loved puddles of every sort,' opens Norman's (If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!) sweet-natured story about a dog's hunt for the perfect puddle. Percy is both indiscriminate and a tough customer when it comes to puddles: he loves 'swamp puddles, stomp puddles, ready-for-a-romp' puddles, but some puddles are too lonely, while others have the wrong kind of crowd: 'Too buggy. Too sluggy.' When Percy finally finds the perfect spot a deliciously muddy pigs' wallow Mama Pig won't let him near it. Although the resolution follows a well-trod path (after a storm hits, Percy proves his puddle-worthiness by rescuing a piglet), Norman's storytelling bounds along with an energy to match that of Percy. Working in a palette of muddy blues, greens, and browns, Yamaguchi, illustrator of the self-published Sick of Being Sick, seals the deal. Pug devotees will be all over roly-poly Percy's enormous and expressive eyes, surreptitious attempts at infiltrating the pigs' wallow, and all-around gleeful splashing in puddles large and small. Ages 3 up. Author's agent: Jennifer Mattson, Andrea Brown Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Kim Norman is the author of several children's books, including Ten on the Sled
and If It's Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!
, both illustrated by Liza Woodruff; Crocodaddy
, illustrated by David Walker; and The Great Christmas Crisis
, illustrated by Jannie Ho (all Sterling). She and her husband live in Smithfield, VA, and have two grown sons, as well as a “granddog,” Niles, the Newfoundland, who is MUCH bigger than Percy, but who loves puddles just as much. Visit Kim online at kimnormanbooks.com.
Keika Yamaguchi graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. A former Walt Disney Imagineering intern, she illustrated the children's book Sick of Being Sick (3DAL), written by Justin Sullivan. Besides her dog, some of Keika's other interests are “YouTubing,” craft projects, pop-up books, and extreme sports. Visit her at keikashouse.com to see more of her work. She lives in La Crescenta, CA.