The Wuggie Norple Story
Tomie dePaola ~ Daniel M. Pinkwater ~ MacMillian, 1980
One of the most mentioned by readers on this site, when I Googled it this morning in preparation for the write up, I was shocked to see that it is out-of-print and even more shocked to see how much the paperback editions are going for. I sort of assumed because the story is so hilarious and everyone loves dePaola and everyone talks about it that it surely was still readily available. The out-of-print status is a crime, seriously. Just this morning my husband read it out loud for himself for the first time, and he and the boy were howling hysterically at the funny names. Hands down it is one of my son's favorite books for that very reason. Case in point...
The next day was Saturday, and Lunchbox Louie didn't have to go to work, so he took Bigfoot the Chipmunk, and King Waffle, and Wuggie Norple, and Freckleface Chilibean, and Papercup Mixmaster and Exploding Poptart, and Laughing Gas Alligator, and a big basket of lunch and they all went to Nosewort Pond for a picnic.
Without giving too much of this truly imaginative story away... Lunchbox Louie is always surprising his son King Waffle with presents he brings home from work, and one day when he gifts the boy a kitten, things start to, well, grow out of hand. The cat gets bigger and bigger and bigger, and when his family is blind to the change, Lunchbox Louie takes it upon himself to teach them a lesson in scale.
I might be ignorant as well as naive, but I have to assume that since it was published in the 80s, it is still available for checkout at the library. And do... please... log on or head there now to read it to your children before some sticky fingers gets it and it disappears forever.
Man, oh, man is it good.
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