Review: The Pudding Problem by Joe Berger

The Pudding Problem
The Pudding Problem

A boy must untangle the web of lies he’s created in order to prove his innocence when strange things start happening in this humorous and cheeky illustrated middle grade novel in the tradition of the Timmy Failure series.

Sam Lyttle is prone to stretching the truth. Most of his lies are harmless; tall tales and the product of an overactive imagination. So when Sam is summoned to explain a strange discovery—a ping-pong ball in a jar of peanut butter—and denies involvement, no one believes him. Then more seemingly unrelated peculiarities emerge, and Sam categorically denies any knowledge of those, too.

In between these mysterious accusations, and with evidence mounting against him, Sam ruminates on the different sorts of lies he has told using examples from his past. Meanwhile, two pounds of potatoes wind up in the washing machine.

Sam comes to a decision: he decides it is time to come clean about this latest tangled web. He gathers his family to hear the truth. The whole truth. Or is it? Could it be that this final “truth” is, in fact, another lie?

My Review:
I was kindly sent this book from Simon & Schuster Canada for an honest review.
The Pudding Problem is a graphic novel for middle grade kids. Sam Lyttle is a boy who likes to make up tall tales, or in other words he can't help lying. Pretty much all the time. At home, in school, wherever. This time his lies get him in trouble with the class bully, Pete "Three Strikes" Feeny. It all starts with an imaginary cheeseburger and just escalates from there. Sam is unfortunately on his way to getting three strikes from Feeny. which apparently isn't a good thing. Can Sam and his best friend Charlie Beans avoid the three strikes and defeat Feeny? There are also hijinks at Sam's home involving his parents, sister, grandpa, and his cat Pudding.
This was so much fun to read and hopefully we get to see more of Sam's adventures in the future. No matter how truthful they may be.
The writing was spot on for the audience this book is aimed at. Easy to read and really very funny, with lots of quirky characters. The drawings or graphics were perfectly done. again, the author knows his audience. I highly recommend The Pudding Problem for all kids and those young at heart. Five big stars!

Cover and synopsis from goodreads.

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