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In this delightful, silly romp through a garden filled with unique and charming creatures—part vegetable, part animal—Pugtato, “a simple, good spud,” finds a shiny, round Thing when he digs in the mud. Pugtato is bewildered because he can’t figure out what the Thing is. He cleans it off and sets out to seek the wisdom of his “best spuddies.” Tweetroot (a beet-bird), Tomatoad (a tomato-toad), Purrsnip (a parsnip-cat), Cowbbage (a cabbage-cow), Unicorn on the Cob (a corn-unicorn), and others offer their suggestions to Pugtato. Finally, Pugtato realizes that all he needs to do is give the Thing a hug. When he follows his heart, he makes a wonderful discovery—“a newest, best spuddy.” Filled with hilarious, cartoonish illustrations, this rhyming picture book is sure to delight young children again and again as it teaches them about compassion, friendship, and believing in oneself. (Zonderkidz)

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