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Potch & Polly

by William Steig

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This book is a story about a man who falls in love with a girl. However, in the process of trying to woo her he ends up embarrassing himself. In the end the girl, Polly, finds Potch's actions adorable and falls for him. The book ends happily with the two enjoying life together.
  ejoy13 | Nov 24, 2015 |
For some - rather mischievous - sorts, love doesn't come easily. For Potch, who was born laughing, things are even worse - perhaps the only thing to keep him from the love of his life is... well... himself. When you're as silly and energetic as he is, you do quite a bit more that can accidentally get in the way of love.

"Potch & Polly," with Jon Agee's round, expressive pencil drawings and William Steig's snappy text, is a silly romp that many young readers should enjoy - but it's especially one that should strike a chord with anybody who just can't sit still for very long, and finds himself at a loss for how to do "normal things" with "normal people." For these people, they'll find it only natural that when Potch meets Polly and falls in love, it's all downhill from there. Every antic Potch comes up with to woo Polly ends up exploding in his face, and his love problems only escalate until the very end, when Polly recognizes Potch's humble intent and comes up with a few tricks of her own.

It's a peppy story, one that really resonates; even though I somehow feel Agee's illustrations are wonderful but somehow misplaced here, you nonetheless can't match the literary antics going on in "Potch & Polly." Now if only I could find my own Polly. ( )
  curiousbutterpants | Oct 25, 2008 |
Genre: Fantasy
Media: Ink and Wash or colored Pencils
Age Appropriateness: Primary
This book is about Potch, a man who talks in a weird language of his own and loves life. He goes to a dance and meets Polly. He wants to be with her, so he keeps surprising her in bad ways to get her. In the end they do end up together. This is an example of fantasy because the things he does would not happen in real life. There is also an angel he talks to that everyone can see. The plot in this story is good because it does keep the reader engaged. They want to see what Potch will come up with next. They also want to know if they get together and in the end they do. ( )
  bmiller06 | Oct 7, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374360901, Hardcover)

A delightful collaboration

Born in the company of an angel wearing a clown's nose, Potch has always woken up happy to be who and where he is. Then, when he meets Polly Pumpernickel at a masquerade ball, he does a double backflip, but it's his heart that really goes for a whirl. Polly goes for a whirl, too, and winds up in a fountain after a dance-gone-wrong with Potch. One catastrophe follows another as Potch tries to win her affection. Just when things look utterly hopeless, Polly realizes that Potch isn't merely another annoying short bald guy, and she comes up with a plan of her own

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:28 -0400)

Lively Potch pursues the girl of his dreams, the darling Polly Pumpernickel.

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