Puddle Trouble (Pepper & Boo #2)

by Charise Mericle Harper (Author)

Puddle Trouble (Pepper & Boo #2)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Pepper & Boo

Charise Mericle Harper (Crafty Cat, Just Grace, Fashion Kitty) delivers another hilarious and charming early graphic novel series starring Pepper and Boo, two darling dogs, and their suspicious housemate, the Cat.

Pepper and Boo are two dogs who like to have fun. The Cat likes to have fun, too, but cat fun is very different from dog fun. Cats can have fun with a newspaper, a bottle cap, an ice cube, and some boxes. Dogs like to have fun by chasing leaves, biting sticks, and licking the grass.

That's not the only way cats and dogs are different. The Cat explains while Pepper and Boo try to find coats so they can go outside on a rainy day. With the perfect coat, cats and dogs can all have fun outside together.

Harper cleverly shifts point-of-view between the Cat and two dogs, creating laugh-out-loud moments through her text and art that younger readers will want to return to again and again.

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Kirkus Reviews

A realistic slapstick tribute to the differences between cats and dogs. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--Rainy weather presents a problem for dogs Pepper and Boo and an unnamed cat. Boo tries enthusiastically to convince the reluctant Pepper to join him outside; meanwhile the cat shares feline facts and provides comic relief (getting their head stuck in a jar, confessing that they sometimes even have fun with, gasp, dog toys). This beginning reader graphic novel uses varying sentence structure and simple repetitive words. The shifts in perspective between the dogs and the cat provide natural pauses, making this an excellent choice for reading in a group. Pepper and Boo's dialogue is placed in color-coded speech bubbles; the cat speaks in plain text on a white background. The comic-style illustrations are reminiscent of "Narwhal and Jelly" or "Pizza and Taco" and feature color-filled line drawings on mostly plain backgrounds. VERDICT Readers will be giggling as they follow the trio in their pursuit of a way to have fun, rain or shine. Purchase where "I Can Read" books are in high demand.--Laken Hottle, Providence Community Lib.

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Review quotes

"Harper's artwork, composed of simplified backgrounds and cartoon-cute characters with comically big expressions, is well-suited to the early reader format.... an easy pick for emerging readers."—Booklist
Charise Mericle Harper

Charise Mericle Harper is the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children's books and series, including the Just Grace series, the Fashion Kitty series, and the Next Best Junior Chef series. Harper's signature wit, kid-friendly illustrations, and wholly original style have made her a familiar name with caregivers, educators, and librarians looking for books that encourage imagination and showcase art education. Charise lives with her family and furry pets in Portland, Oregon.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
October 19, 2021
Pepper & Boo
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV008110 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Humorous
JUV008050 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Animals
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
Rain and rainfall

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