Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion – Explosions by Stephen W. Martin, Cuteness by Dan Tavis


           Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion – Explosions by Stephen W. Martin, Cuteness by Dan Tavis, Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster, 2021. 9781534441453

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

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? Can you imagine being so cute that your cuteness actually causes the viewer to explode?  Kaboom!  That is the curse that Fluffy McWhiskers lives under.  She tries giving herself a bad haircut, wearing an ugly sweater and wearing a paper bag over her head -all to no avail.  She looks even cuter. She finally takes a rocket ship and lands on an empty planet, at last, peace – until a saucer flying by goes Kaboom!  A deserted island finally does the trick, but she is lonely. Until….  The colorful illustrations fill the page, frequently as a two-page spread.  There is a rainbow quality to the story which keeps it from feeling sad.

Anything you did not like about the book?  It seems a very weird concept, being so cute, you cause others to explode…?

To whom would you recommend this book? I’m really not sure.  I need to try reading it to a child.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and day-care centers, kindergartens

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Cute, but not cute enough.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Editor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: October 24, 2021

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