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The Pepins and Their Problems

The Pepins and Their Problems

Fall 2004 Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Polly Horvath
Illustrator: Marylin Hafner
ISBN: 0-374-35817-6
Hardcover Price: $16.00
The Pepins and their kindly neighbor, Mr. Bradshaw, are plagued with a series of unusual problems. Toads in their shoes and what their dinner guests will do without eating utensils are just two among many.

When each chapter ends with one of the Pepins’ predicaments, the author seeks advice from her readers for resolutions. The solutions arrive from various locations around the United States, such as Shaft Ox Corner, Delaware or Plentywood, Montana "where they don't believe in prepositions." Both problems and solutions are ludicrous fun; the book proceeds in fits and starts through an enormous amount of absurdity.

Kemie Nix   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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