The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper

 The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper, First Second, 2017. 9781626724860

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:   Fiction

What did you like about the book? Birdie’s super power is crafts! In the throes of crafting she becomes Crafty Cat. On her way to school on her birthday, Birdie drops the cupcakes decorated with pandas she had hoped to share with her class. Luckily, Crafty Cat saves the day with panda crafts for everyone, including something different for her nemesis, Anya. Friends, bullies and school are themes which will resonate with kids. And of course, crafts are celebrated as satisfying creative outlet anyone can enjoy. Simple, spare digital illustrations in black and white with shades of green and brown give the story a distinctive and kid-friendly look. Includes instructions for several panda crafts.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Hand this to fans of Harper’s Just Grace series, and to crafty graphic novel readers in grades 1-4.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins  Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: June 18, 2017.

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