From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Janie Jane, "an expert on all things cute," receives the cutest dog ever for her birthday, Sir Yips-a-lot. The two do everything together, until one year later when Janie Jane receives "The World's Cutest Kitty" as a gift. Sir Yips-a-lot tries in vain to regain his position; he makes his cutest faces and does his cutest tricks, but to no avail. In a fit of jealousy, he pops Lady Meow-meow out the mail slot and into the dark night. His victory is short-lived as Janie Jane is inconsolable. So fearing the worst, but needing to do the right thing, the pup heads out to find Lady Meow-meow, who joyfully licks Sir Yips-a-lot while Janie Jane declares, "THIS IS THE CUTEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN!" From then on the three are inseparable, until one year later when Janie Jane gets the cutest octopus ever....Picture book and comic book successfully combine here. There are dialogue balloons with fun fonts (and hearts) and panels of various sizes, plus narrative text and traditional full-page pictures. The illustrations, reminiscent of Nick Jr. cartoons, are crisp, clean, and digitally colored in bright, bold shades. Excellent facial expressions add warmth, and plenty of exclamation points (including implied ones) emphasize cuteness. Sure to be popular with the comic-book and the overkill-is-funny crowds.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Having produced several picture books and winning graphic novels (including Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders, 2010, and Where Do Presidents Come From?, 2012), Townsend brings his charming sense of humor and sharp visual pacing to this story, which plumbs every little girl’s dream. Janie Jane receives the magnificently cute canine Sir Yips-a-Lot on her birthday only to receive the ultimately cute feline Lady Meow-Meow for her next birthday. Naturally, the once favored Sir Yips-a-Lot is not crazy about the new addition and enacts a plan to restore the household to one-pet status. But finding he has broken Janie Jane’s heart, he recovers the cat and learns that there’s room in Janie Jane’s heart for everyone. As the title promises, no cuteness is spared, from the bright yellow-and-pink palette to the animated faces, which express extreme emotions with great wit. The paneled pages keep the pacing fast, and there is plenty here to appeal to young animal lovers as well as a possible lesson for new older siblings. Grades K-2. --Jesse Karp