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Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem


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To Sam Lyttle, the truth is like an elephant. It's heavy, worrying and wrinkly. And when it's sitting in your way, you can't go under it or over it. But you CAN skirt round it...
So Sam does, every now and then, tell the odd porky-pie, much to the annoyance of his family. But is there more to Sam's occasional streeeetching of the truth than meets the eye?
The first book in this laugh-out-loud series by author and illustrator Joe Berger.
`... truly funny, with verbal, visual and fart jokes appealing not only to those who find reading heavy going.' Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times' Children's Book of the Week

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  • '... truly funny, with verbal, visual and fart jokes appealing not only to those who find reading heavy going.' (Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times' Children's Book of the Week)
  • 'Offers a fairly high level of subtly, sensitivity and sophistication.' (Financial Times)
  • 'Comic-strip frames, drawn with energy and silliness, are interspersed with a smattering of text, all the way to the entertaining twist. [Sam's] arrival is to be welcomed.' (The Sunday Times)

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13th February '17
Samuel0208 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
5 stars
This book is funny. I like the way it is set out like a comic strip. I found it easy to read and the illustrations are really good.

The book is about a boy called Sam and his cat pudding. Sam just can't help himself, by not telling the truth. His lies get him into trouble with his mum and a boy called peter at school. The lies get that bad, he turns to his grandpa for help. His grandpa will only help if he promises to tell the truth after he has helped him.
My favourite character has got to be Sam!
8th February '17
BeeReaderK read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
5 stars
This book is  about Sam Lyttle and his cat  called pudding .

I love it, it's so cool. I love pudding he's so cute

I think kids aged 6-9 would love it

it's an action book I think so  
8th February '17
I read it to Phoebe08 aged 9 aged 9
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It is about a boy called sam Lyttle and his cat pudding. Sam is very well known to tell porkie pies. The story has a good ending and Sam owns up about everything he did wrong. This book is really easy to read and has loads of cool pictures. This is great for both boys and girls aged 6-10 years. 
9th February '17
Lollipop101 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
5 stars
OHHH SAM, Don't you know its always best to tell the truth?!
We loved this story its got a real strong moral thread throughout whilst using humor to engage readers of all ages. 
The Characters are believable and likeable. The story line is entertaining and fun.

We loved this book 
10th February '17
I read it to 2R aged 6 to 7
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
5 stars
This is a delightfully funny and witty book. Although aimed at children older than my class - most are of a very high reading age so I read it to them nevertheless. Although this is a book best read to yourself either as an adult or child as it is set out in a comic strip style throughout which is much easier to follow when reading to yourself. I found, because I was reading to an audience I had to explain more of the comic strip sections, in order for them to continue to follow the story. They did enjoy the story though and often asked questions regarding its contents, they were also able to answer questions about it which was great for their comprehension of the text. They enjoyed the pictures as there were an awful lot - this was something they really wanted to see more of in books and so far the last 5 books we've read have had many pictures. The story is about a boy called Sam Lyttle – who lies…a LOT! The children thought this was bad because they know that lying ends in getting into trouble. But knowing that it was someone else getting into trouble and the ridiculous lies that spilled out of his mouth, they found it quite funny. They enjoyed predicting what would happen next and generally were accurate in their predictions as you’d expect the events to unfold in the way that they did. Most of them weren’t a major fan of Feeney because he was so unkind and spiteful and suggested that Sam should stop lying because it only ever got him into trouble anyway. The book was very easy to read and very quick to get through due to the little number of words on most pages – they enjoyed that part as it was similar to books they’ve read and compared it to Tom Gates books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries – all firm favourites with the majority of the class.
Most of the book followed how Sam, 9 years old, was getting into a bit of trouble with Feeney, the class bully, who gave everyone three strikes before he got you. Or you’d disappear like Carl Curtains did. Due to Sam’s lying and vivid imagination, the strikes happened thick and fast. With the first strike being due to him convincing most children in the school canteen that you can eat anything for lunch but if you imagine it’s a ‘big, fat, hot, juicy cheeseburger’ it’ll taste like one, even if you have a banana for lunch. This caused major issues if you were already tucking into a tasty cheeseburger like Feeney was – it confused his brain and he was violently sick everywhere. Hence him then placing Sam high on his list of strikes. Strike two occurred when Sam was desperately hungry at snack time and stole a ‘Foot-long super-salami meat feast’. Not realising it was Feeney’s when he was devouring it, he was content knowing his stomach was now full. The third strike came shortly after when Sam and his best friend Charlie were in the park and heard a noise – Sam, lying again, said it sounded like an alligator – similar to the one he’d wrestled in the past. Although Charlie was the brave one who discovered it was a cat, petrified and quivering away from Feeney and his pet dog called Butcher, who had been looking for the ‘escaped’ cat. Sam lied that he hadn’t seen it and Feeney knew instantly that he was lying – Strike number three. He took the cat home and lied that it was a Guatemalan cat who he’d adopted due to her severe and horrendous living conditions. The family accepted the cat under the condition it improved his lying, which was a lie he’d told his mom in order to keep the cat.
I guessed Sam would redeem himself but the possibilities for how the book could end were endless, it was quite enjoyable to think about what could happen as it was totally open to many opportunities.
A very much interactive and funny book which engages the reader and forces them to keep on reading with its humour and easy to follow storyline.

The children as a class said the book was "Awesome, totally amazing, incredible, superb, spectacular and really funny."

Their thoughts are as follows:
"I liked the bit when he told his mom and dad that he did actually tell lies. That was my absolute favourite because I was really happy that he told the truth. If he didn't he would get into a lot of trouble again, and again." HW aged 6
"I liked the bit where he did the magic trick and said that the apple was a cheeseburger and then Feeney was sick all over the Headmaster because Feeney wasn't very nice so I thought it was a really good punishment for him. I liked the pictures of Feeney's eyes when they were all black because it looked really cool." KC aged 7
"I liked the bit when the cat was running round the table because it was funny how it ran around in circles. It made me laugh." GS aged 6
"I liked the part when Pudding done a pee in the fruit bowl because it reminds me of the film Secret Life of Pets when the dog done that in the basket." GO aged 6
"My favourite part was when he tells the truth because it was really funny because he didn't tell the full truth he only told part of it. The end was really funny but I don't think it was true." TD aged 6
"I liked it when cheeseburger was mentioned because it was cheeselarious." H aged 7
"I liked the part when the cat put her eyes wide open and Sam started to tell the truth because it was funny and I liked it a lot." KB aged 6
"This book was really good because it was really funny and I liked when someone had a drink they called it a cheeseburger smoothie. The cat peeing in the fruit bowl was hilarious and I liked that he told the truth because its very good to tell the truth. I loved the cats eyes because they looked like she was staring all the time. My favourite part was when Feeney vomited all over the Headmaster because that was really, really, really funny." AD aged 7

The children said the book had taught them to:
"tell the truth."
"never tell lies."
"always tell the truth or if you do tell a lie you should tell the truth straight away."

  They also agreed that 5 stars wasn't enough for this book and would give it more if they could.
14th March '17
Jade10 read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
5 stars
This book is really funny. Once started i couldnt out it down. Its good that sam owns up to all his lies in the end. Really good book to read
20th November '18
SMLynam read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
5 stars
I really really enjoyed this book! It has become one of my favourite books and I've only had it for one day! I would happily read this over and over to myself and it is very funny. My favourite character is pudding the cat. He is very funny and he is the most interesting of all the characters in the whole of this book.I also think the author name is really cool (his name is Joe Berger). The main character is Sam and he gets himself into a lot of trouble. Enough to give him a reputation. I like the simile , "the truth is like an elephant, complicated."

On the back, there are lots of signs pointing at him and saying stuff like 'None of its true, not a sausage.'or 'liar' or other things which means "He's a liar".
14th April '17
Rose29 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
4 stars
A boy is being bullied and he is trying to fit in he wants a burger everyday like the bullies. His grand father says no don't be like them. One day he puts potatoes in the oven and gets told off. The book is about him dealing with the bullies. Something kids need to know these days.
4th February '17
Rory read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
4 stars
This is the story of Sam Lyttle who always tells lies. He is funny and so is his crazy Grandpa. Pudding is his super cute cat. The book is really funny and I found it very easy to read. A lot of the book is set out like a comic book and although it is over 200 pages long it feels a lot shorter because of this. My favourite character was Sam's best friend Charlie because he seemed mostly oblivious to the lies (although I think he secretly knew they were fibs) 
10th February '17
Leonjames read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
4 stars
Oh no Sam don't you know not to tell porkies. This books was a really good read and I really enjoyed it. I loved pudding the cat . This book would be a great read for anyone who's been telling lies, it might help them realise its best not too.  This book has comic strips in it which I think makes it seem shorter than it is at 200 pages. This was a easy book to read and I would definitely recommend it. 
28th March '17
Mae-mae read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
4 stars
Summer-Mae my 8 year old daughter is currently 3/4 of the way through this book and says it's hilarious. She tells me Sam doesn't know how or when to stop telling porkies. He gets himself into some sticky situations and sometimes telling the truth is harder then telling a lie, so out pops another fib!

Overall the book is fun and a good read!
22nd March '17
ejpot read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem 9781471146244
4 stars
This book had comic strips in it which made it different to read than other books, I enjoyed the story about Sam and his Cat, Sam tells lies a lot, I liked the ending of the book.
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