Pugtato Finds a Thing

Zondervan (Author) Sophie Corrigan (Illustrator)

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Publish Date
August 04, 2020
10.4 X 10.2 X 0.4 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Zondervan is an international Christian media and publishing company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zondervan is a founding member of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). They are a part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. and has multiple imprints including Zondervan Academic, Zonderkidz, Blink, and Editorial Vida.[1] Zondervan is the commercial rights holder for the New International Version (NIV) Bible in North America.

Sophie Corrigan is a freelance illustrator and author from Lancashire, UK. She has illustrated many diverse items from books to calendars to T-shirts and more! When not illustrating and maintaining her online art shops, Sophie spends the spare time she has going to shows, watching nature programs, eating vegetarian food, hanging out with her pet cockatiels, and occasionally crafting cute things from wool and clay.


Diligence and openheartedness are the themes of this rhyming story by Corrigan (The Not Bad Animals), but its real appeal lies in its eccentric cast: each character is a mash-up of a vegetable and animal species, with a hybrid name that evokes Parentese. The eponymous Pugtato, a roly-poly tuber-puppy who lives in a vegetable patch, discovers the mysterious and seemingly inanimate 'Thing'--pearly pink and shaped like a Nautilus shell--and wants to do right by it. But friends like Tweetroot, a beet-red bird, and Carrat, who's bright orange and toothy, are only interested in Thing for their own purposes ('Carrat thought Thing/ was for gnawing and chewing'). Finally, the wise Unicorn on the Cob advises from a leafy stalk, 'you must follow your heart./ For it holds all the answers/ and sets you apart'; thus inspired, Pugtato hugs Thing, and it blossoms into a new friend. While the book's earnestness is undeniable, its real impact may be in the giggles it inspires when readers next see a salad or produce stand. Ages 4--8.--Publishers Weekly
'In a very odd garden, where leaves have tiny faces and sunflowers smile, lives a spud, Pugtato, whose 'spuddies' include a wise old Unicorn on the cob; Carrat, a rodent-like orange veggie; chill dude Purrsnips; Cowbbage, who moos at things; and more. When Pugtato, who digs in the dirt very much as a pug might, with the markings and small paws of that breed, unearths a small opalescent spiraling round Thing, he queries all, near and far, to find out what it is. He follows his heart in how it should be handled--the others are not quite so careful with it--and hugs it till a snail friend, a new spuddy for him, emerges. The rhyme scheme of the story is charmingly awkward: 'Sorry to wake you, but I am confused. Can you tell me how this little Thing should be used?' Still, this is destined to be a story hour favorite, as Thing is passed from one helpful neighbor to another, and bounced, scratched, tossed, and nearly eaten on its way to friendship. Corrigan's illustrations have a Japanese minimalism but an English country garden's palette and readers will smile through the pages, seeking what's next. VERDICT: In a world where vegetables and animals are merged into one endearing category, this book speaks to a preschooler's sense of silly while also carrying a lesson of loving inclusion.' --STARRED review, School Library Journal, June 2020--School Library Journal