Perfect Picture Book Friday-Puddle Pug

Last February, one of my PPBF picks was Kim Norman’s book, If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! Today I have picked another of Kim’s books.

puddle pug

Puddle Pug
Written by Kim Norman
Illustrated by Keika Yamaguchi
Themes: friendship, language fun
Ages: 3-7

Synopsis: (from publisher’s website) 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.

Opening: Percy was a puddle pug. He loved puddles of every sort:
Swamp puddles,
stomp puddles,
ready-for-a-romp puddles.
Foggy puddles,
froggy puddles,
deeper-than-a-doggy puddles.

Resources: Make your own puddle map. Label the puddles and use paw print stencil or stamp (found at craft stores) to mark the path from puddle to puddle as you read the story. Draw or name the creatures that Percy encounters at the puddles on his search for the perfect puddle. Talk about why that creature might be in or near a puddle.

Why I Like This Book: Percy is adorable! And it’s not just his little pug face! His personality is adorable, too. Adorable and endearing. On top of that, Kim Norman’s language is just plain fun. I couldn’t wait to turn the pages and read her delightful descriptions of the puddles Percy explores. I posted the opening above and that’s just a glimpse at the cuter-than-cute, read aloud fun that awaits. Also, Keika Yamaguchi’s illustrations couldn’t be more perfect! She captures emotion in every spread. And that makes Pug Puddle a perfect marriage between text and art!

Susanna Leonard Hill, most magnificent host of Perfect Picture Book Friday, has compiled a categorized list of the books that have been reviewed. It’s an incredible resource for parents and teachers. For me as a writer, it has been a way to build my library list each week. To access the list, click HERE.


33 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday-Puddle Pug

    1. That’s so funny that you shy away from alliterated characters…I am drawn to them. That’s one of the many reasons I like PPBF…there is such a nice variety of reviewers and I learn about books I probably wouldn’t have picked up if it weren’t for my PPBF pals. Hope you enjoy the book, Joanne.


  1. I see pugs everywhere (not at all like seeing dead people) but never would have thought of this untapped market and fun story! Since I like Kim’s other books, this is on my have-to-read-it list.

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  2. Immediately checked this from the library. LOVE it! The resolution to the conflict (mother pig doesn’t want the dog in her big, perfect mud puddle) is incredibly clever and funny,

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    1. Thank you, Pat. I do read a lot of books before deciding one is “worthy” of PPBF. I imagine you do the same before you pick one because you know how to pick them too 🙂 That’s probably my favorite thing about PPBF….I get to read a lot of PBs in order to make my choice.


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