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Kit Feeny: On the Move Paperback – October 13, 2009

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Grade 2–5—Kit Feeny is moving to the city and leaving his friend Arnold behind. The adjustment to a new school and home is difficult for the child, so he comes up with a plan: to get a Replacement Arnold. Trying to find one isn't easy (no one seems to like making cheeseball sculptures as much as he and Arnold do), and he catches the eye of "Devon the Bully Comedian." Now Kit must devise another plan to solve the "Devon problem" and get a new best friend. Kit is a likable character and his family and friends (especially his fashion-conscious twin sisters) are also enjoyable. The story teaches about friendship and getting along through Kit's schemes and his relationships. The art is slightly lacking in detail and expression, and the backgrounds are very plain. However, Kit's pencil sketch of "The Great Gummy Fish Disaster" is a creative break from the rest of the story. Kit's adventures will appeal to young graphic-novel readers.—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
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"Readers will hope that this, the first Kit Feeny adventure, is the first of many." —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Kit Feeny (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375856145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375856143
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By on November 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Kit's family is moving to the big city, and he's excited but worried about losing his best friend, Arnold. Since the two are old hands at coming up with exciting schemes (buying a thousand bouncy balls, selling all their clothes for pizza, creating their own comics), they soon figure out that they should pack Arnold in the moving van! When this doesn't quite go according to plan, Kit is left on his own to navigate a new school, try to find a replacement for Arnold, and deal with Devon the Bully Comedian.

Townsend's first book in the Kit Feeny series is the boy version of Jennifer and Matthew Holm's terrific girl graphic novel series Babymouse, which is a high compliment in my book. It is realistic--even though drawn with animal characters--and just the right combination of silliness and problems that kids can identify with. Kit is every boy, err, every bear-like creature. He is worried about starting a new school, annoyed by his twin sisters, and determined to run away from home and live as a lonely hobo when things don't go well on his first day. His parents are just the right kind of understanding. They offer good advice, but not too much of it, and they allow Kit to make his own choices and his own decisions. This keeps the book kid-focused and makes it a stronger, less preachy read.

Furthering the comparisons with Babymouse is the book's color scheme. Just as the Holms' work uses a basic black/white/pink color scheme, Townsend chooses black/white/orange, a boy-friendly choice. His art has a loose, cartoonish quality that keeps it from being either too serious or too young looking. When he draws Kit's comics, he loosens up even further to channel his inner child artist. This makes Kit's comics believable as drawn by a child. The character designs are very unique.
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By Joshua S. Trott on January 9, 2013
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These aren't just funny, they've got wisdom in kid shaped packages. I like ninja fishing, and the Arnold applications, which Kit hands out to find his new best friend.
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By Amy Stott on February 11, 2015
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My son read the book super fast, can't wait to read another.
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