Seven-year-old Ty Perry always has wacky ideas and schemes – plus the best of intentions. In his newest adventure, Penguin Problems, Ty outdoes himself. After chasing and almost catching the family cat with a dustbuster (to save the cat endless hours of washing itself), he visits the local aquarium with his class … and smuggles out a baby penguin! And although Ty thinks that he has a good reason for doing so, he soon realizes that the bathtub in his house isn’t going to suit the penguin … or his parents!
Ty’s in big trouble now … with his parents, his teacher and the aquarium!
** Penguin Problems is the third book in the “Life of Ty” series. Recommended for ages 7 to 10 years.
uhhhh okay, this is a good book,....... i guess
By the end of this book I was convinced Ty might be a real person who reacted realistically to situations and surroundings, displaying the appropriate frustration and accompanying inappropriate responses to feeling ignored at home due to a new baby in the house and to ruffians and rough social dynamics at school.
At the beginning of the book, though, well, let me share a quote from Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane: "I was a normal child. Which is to say, I was selfish and I was not entirely convinced of the existence of things that were not me, and I was certain, rock-solid unshakably certain, that I was the most important thing in creation. There was nothing that was more important to me than I was." I found that dynamic too utterly lacking in Ty and had trouble believing any seven-year-old could be so sweet, aware, and altruistically natured. And I wonder if that might keep young readers from being able to relate to him as narrator and protagonist.
Aside from my perhaps cynical quibble that Ty is just a bit too good to be true, though, I think this is a fun book that young readers will enjoy.
What a truly delightful book . Seven year old Ty's new baby sister , dubbed Teensy Baby Maggie or Big Fat Meanie Baby , depending on how Ty's day and attention from his Mom is going , makes for a good , funny story. . Ty also has 2 older sisters .
Hope there are more books written in this series about this entertaining 7 year old and his antics.
"Winnie Perry's sweet baby brother, Ty, is the quintessential dreamer, full of big ideas and wacky plans that only a seven-year-old boy could hatch. Whether it's battling the family cat with a Dustbuster or smuggling a baby penguin out of the aquarium, Ty is always in the middle of a well-intended, big-hearted scheme." August 2013 Kids' Books newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=671309
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