Mr. Fluff and the Tall Tower
David Brandt, author
Learn new Vocabulary with Mr. Fluff the Cat! When Mr. Fluff, a rascally orange tabby, moves from the suburbs to the big city, he isn’t sure he likes his new home. In this timeless new series, evocative of vintage-styled 1960’s illustrated early reader books, an adventurous cat explores city living. Lying on his belly soaking up the warm sun and listening to the birds outside, Mr. Fluff had the perfect life, or so he thought. When the orange tabby goes for a car ride one day with his human family, he ends up in a building that reaches the sky, a place the humans call their new home. So begins the escapades of Mr. Fluff the cat in this classically styled early reader, Mr. Fluff and the Tall Tower, the debut title in The Adventures of Mr. Fluff early reader series by David Brandt. Mr. Fluff isn’t sure he likes apartment living—he is an outdoor cat, after all. He needs some convincing. When he sneaks out into the hallway of his new apartment and meets a sweet neighbor who shares a strange and delicious treat, Mr. Fluff decides maybe city living isn’t so bad. “Why, hello!” said a grey-haired woman as she looked down at Mr. Fluff with a smile. “Where on earth did you come from?” She took one of the slices of pastrami out of the small bag. Then she took a knife and chopped it up into tiny pieces and put it on a pretty plate. She put the plate down on the ground. Mr. Fluff loved the delicious meat with a salty, spicy flavor. He decided that pastrami was his new favorite food. Taking off her coat she said, “Well, I’m glad you like pastrami. It was my husband’s favorite. My name is Carol, by the way. What’s your name?” she said, stroking the top of his head gently. “Mmmmow, mrwowww,” Mr. Fluff said. Carol laughed. “Hmmm…well I guess I will have to think of one for you.” Mr. Fluff did not want a new name - but he did want more pastrami. Author David Brandt expertly weaves an early reader in a vintage fashion reminiscent of Frog and Toad and illustrated in a charming retro style by Olga Lavrova with soft painterly images evocative of the timeless art of Emil Weiss. Perfect for the youngest readers, Brandt’s stories use a nostalgic language style, pointedly incorporating sight words which are reiterated in a glossary at the book’s end, to bring a whimsical and fun tale featuring his gallant and venturous character, Mr. Fluff.