Pugtato Finds a Thing

by Sophie Corrigan, Zondervan,

On Sale: 2020-08-04

Price: $17.99

Book Summary

Join Pugtato and his adorable “spuddies” in their first ever adventure in this clever and heartwarming picture book. When Pugtato accidently digs up a mysterious item, he can’t wait to find out what it is. But on his quest to discover its identity, Pugtato learns a thing or two about himself.

About the Book

Enchanting illustrations. Giggle-inducing text. Unique and loveable characters. Join Pugtato and his cute and quirky pack of pals in this heartwarming picture book that celebrates the power of friendship, compassion, and believing in your own unique gifts. 

When Pugtato’s simple, quiet life is disrupted after he digs up a strange object in his garden, he enlists his best “spuddies” to help (they are more clever than he is, after all). Tweetroot is certain it’s a new egg for her nest. Tomatoad is quite sure it’s a toy just for him. And Purrsnip simply won’t stop scratching it! Luckily, Pugtato has another very special spuddy to ask …

Pugtato Finds a Thing:

  • Introduces kids 4-8 to a hilarious mash-up of pet and vegetable characters by the inimitable illustrator Sophie Corrigan
  • Written in delightful, giggle-inducing, rhyming text
  • Eye-catching cover features spot gloss and embossing


'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

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.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780310767817
  • ISBN 10: 0310767814
  • Imprint: Zonderkidz
  • On Sale: 2020-08-04
  • Pages: 32
  • List Price: $17.99
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication Date: 2020-08-04
  • Trim Size: 267.000mm x 267.000mm x 12.000mm
  • Weight: 471.000gr
  • Category 1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • Category 2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
  • Category 3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  • Category 4 : FICTION / Romance / Clean & Wholesome