Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cute & Cuter, by Michael Townsend

Cute & Cuter

Author: Michael Townsend

Publisher: Knopf (Random House)

Publication Date: June 11, 2013

"Janie Jane was an expert on all things cute. And on her birthday she was given the cutest thing she'd ever seen: Sir Yips-a-lot."

So begins Michael Townsend's decidedly cute children's book, Cute & Cuter. Janie Jane is the sort of girl who coos over anything cute. She adores all things adorble. She swoons over sweet.  She prizes precious. She is the sort of girl who will certainly grow up to dot her i's with hearts. She is the sort of girl who would name her puppy "Sir Yips-a-lot" and carry him with her everywhere she goes.

Hit the jump for more illustrations from the book plus Magda's Take!

That is, until her next birthday, when she received the NEW cutest thing she'd ever seen: a kitten she names Lady Meow-meow. What will Sir Yips-a-lot do? Is he being replaced?

Cute & Cuter is perfect for children who can relate to pet ownership or sibling jealousy. It's funny and delightful without being saccharine (not an easy task, considering how saccharine the main character is herself!). It's quirky and gently teasing of the twee Janie Jane without making fun of the sorts of girls who would dot their i's with hearts and fawn over baby fawns.

In other words, it's just right.

Magda's Take:
"I didn't like when Sir Yips-a-Lot was trying to get rid of Lady Meow-Meow. But then Sir Yips-a-Lot went away and Janie Jane was crying. I liked it at the end when they were all together again."

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Disclaimer: I received access to a digital galley of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss. I was asked to write an honest review, though not necessarily a favourable one. The opinions expressed are strictly my own

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