The Pepins and Their Problems

The Pepins and Their ProblemsYou're invited! Help the plight of a problem-prone family . . .

Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes, becoming trapped on the roof, or searching for cheese when their cow makes only lemonade, the Pepin family always seems to get into the most bizarre scrapes.

Lucky for them they have an author with large psychic antennae and great problem-solving readers.

Join the Pepins on their hilarious adventures. They need all the help they can get!



"Following her National Book Award-winning dark comedy The Canning Season, Horvath reprises the unalloyed giddiness of Everything on a Waffle-and ups the ante with some outrageous, Pirandello-like flourishes...the sly running jokes about place names and brazenly funny developments keep the conceit and the comedy energetic all the way to the finish line." — Starred, Publishers Weekly

"Distinctive and decidedly hilarious...Young readers won't be able to turn the pages fast enough to discover the Pepins' newest predicament...A delight."—Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"Horvath spins deliciously silly stories about a family rivaling Hale's Peterkins for foolishness and Cresswell's Bagthorpes for effervescent wit. Each preposterous event holds fresh surprise...Haftner's line drawings visualize the shenanigans with comic amiability. Here's one reader beaming thoughts to both author and illustrator: Thanks for the laughs! More, please!" — Starred, The Horn Book

"Fans of Polly Horvath have known for quite some time that there is not another author with her unique talents for madcap lunacy and wacky fun ... The Pepins and Their Problems will no doubt join Pippi Longstocking and Amelia Bedelia as perennial children's favourites. This reader is sending Horvath a wish for more Pepin problems and adventures." —The Globe and Mail

"The sly humor is just right for upper-elementary-school kids, and this book should be a fun read-aloud for younger listeners." —School Library Journal

"Horvath spins a delightful yarn . . . the wordplay is a great argument for reading this aloud; adults will enjoy the story almost as much as children." —Booklist

"...Horvath is a genius at devising comic scenarios that end in absurd but unforgettable punch lines. Try to imagine the madcap plot preceding this urbane sentence: " 'Ah, a camel. Are we having a Bedouin meal?' asked Mr. Bradshaw as he approached the Pepins' house with his amour at his side."—Washington Post.

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