The Power of Cute by Charise Mericle Harper ($10.99, Robin Corey Books, ages 4-8) had me from the first speech bubble! “I am not afraid of you!” is spoken boldly by a superhero baby after encountering the stomping and roaring big monster. In what is billed as My Very First Graphic Novel, young readers will find a baby they can identify with; a baby who does not whimper in the face of something scary, but rather, relies upon his own inherent powers to turn what could be a fearsome creature into a reduced-sized, tame and cute baby monster. The clincher for me was when the cute baby brought her new friend home to a house full of cute little monsters, who had already experienced The Power of Cute. Your child’s self-esteem is sure to be buoyed by this charismatic hero, a match for any menace who happens to cross his cute path.