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Cute & Cuter Hardcover – June 11, 2013

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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375857184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375857188
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

When Michael Townsend was a little boy he loved reading comic books, eating chocolate cake, and thinking about the name he would one day give his pet monkey. They were good years.
When adulthood finally struck, Michael, realized that it was time to pick a direction in life... a career. He decided he would go to college to learn how to be a professional chocolate cake eater! He was crushed when he discovered no such profession exists (yet) so he decided to go for his second choice in careers and attended the School of Visual Arts (in NYC) to train as an artist.
After years of artistic training, he dove into the world of writing and illustrating children's books. He's had a blast so far and if all goes well he will one day have enough money to buy a cake factory and a pet monkey. He already has the name picked out, Jiggles Microwave Townsend.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sensible Cat Rescuer on August 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
While the illustrations are indeed engagingly cute (with a bit of a wink), the story also provides a canny portrait of the way kids handle rivalry, jealousy, and big changes. Townsend is kid-smart and though his humor has a wild edge to it there's also a non-saccharine sweetness and authenticity to his characters. Go ahead and pick this one up for the fun, laughs, and cuteness--which it totally delivers--and you may be surprised and delighted by its extra layer of heart and insight. CUTE-TASTIC!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steph Sinclair on September 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Let's see if I can write this review without calling this book ridiculously cute!

Janie Jane is one lucky little girl who gets puppy one day on her birthday, Sir Yips-a-lot. The two are a happier than two pigs in a blanket and are inseparable until Janie Jane's birthday rolls around again and she's given a kitty as a present, Lady Meow-Meow. Janie Jane's attention begins to shift from her first pet to the newest. Lady Meow-Meow is the "shiny new toy" and Sir Yips-a-lot stars feeling the beginnings of jealousy.

My kids and I really enjoyed this book. The artwork was in comic book style, sometimes with arrows showing the sequence of pictures. It made it easier for my kids to follow along and understand the story. Not to mention the illustrations were just SO CUTE! :D

I also loved the message and believe Cute & Cuter would be the perfect book to read to a child expecting a new sibling who may feel left out during the adjustment period of an expanding family. It would be a great opportunity for a child to open up about their feelings and for the child to be reassured that he/she is not forgotten.

The only downside to Cute & Cuter is that now my daughter seems to think she's owed a puppy, kitty and an octopus. I blame Janie's parents for buying so many cool presents!

Finished copy was received from the publisher via YABC/Kids Books Central. Thanks!
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