Mr. Putter & Tabby Walk the Dog by Cynthia Rylant
Cynthia Rylant has written a variety of children's books for children of all ages, and certainly deserves all the recognition she has received. Mr. Putter & Tabby books are wonderful for beginning readers, as they are simple chapter books with fun illustrations. If you like one book in the series, there are many more waiting for you to enjoy next.
Mr. Putter is an older gentleman with an old cat Tabby who live next door to an older lady named Mrs. Teaberry an her somewhat crazy bulldog Zeke. In this book, Mrs. Teaberry hurts her foot and Mr. Putter offers to walk Zeke for her while she recovers. Zeke drags Mr. Putter and Tabby all through town, however, and Mr. Putter longs for the quiet days of just being with Tabby again.
I like Mr. Putter & Tabby books not only because they have a cat as a main character, but also because I think they give children a glimpse into older adult characters. The stories are warmly written with a touch of humor. While cleaning out my now 11 and 13 year olds' bookshelves, I absolutely cannot part with our Mr. Putter & Tabby books. I have too many sweet memories of them.