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Gift It! The Power of CUTE

Like the monster featured in this adorable and truly original lift-the-flaps, pull-the-tabs, turn-the-wheels and pop-ups book, I succumbed to the fearless main character’s contagious cuteness. 

 

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.

Christmas is for Cats (and Dogs) Too?

Debbie Glade reviews a most colorful and cute book about a cat and Christmas.

A Bad Kitty Christmas ($15.99, A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Book Press, ages 4 and up), written and illustrated by Nick Bruel, has one of the best book covers ever! Don’t you agree? It makes you just want to open the book and see what’s inside.

This cartoon-like book is about a black cat that makes a giant mess of all the Christmas decorations and gifts at her house. After being scolded, she runs away from home, and the family dog follows close behind her. What will it take to get the kitty and the family dog back home in time for Christmas? Read the story and you shall find out yourself. The verse is written in rhyme, and the illustrations are bold and fantastic.  This is a really cute book, and would make a great holiday gift for young children – especially those who love kittens.

If you aren’t a Bruel or Bad Kitty fan yet but your interest has been piqued, check out these  other cartoon books because they are all pretty awesome too.

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