Itty-bitty Kitty-corn
by Hale, Shannon; Pham, Leuyen (ILT)

An enthusiastic Kitty who wonders if she might just be a unicorn begins doubting herself when she meets a real unicorn, before an unexpected friendship helps Kitty celebrate exactly who she wants to be. By the creators of Real Friends. Illustrations.

Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham are the team behind the bestselling graphic novels Real Friends and Best Friends, and, with Dean Hale, the early chapter book series The Princess in Black. They&;ve made a bunch of other books, too. They are also both moms of genius kids, wives to book-creating husbands, caretakers of cats, and believers in unicorns. LeUyen lives in Los Angeles, Shannon lives in Utah, and they visit each other as often as geographically possible. BFFs 4EVA.


A tiny kitty wishes desperately to be a unicorn. She dons a pointy paper horn, prances her pawed hooves, gallops on her tiny legs, puffs up her pink tail, and neighs, but her friends Parakeet and Gecko remain decidedly unimpressed. Then a real unicorn appears, making kitty feel smaller than a ball of lint, until he slips on a headband with fuzzy, pink ears and confesses that he is actually a kitty-corn, just like her. This newest Hale-Pham collaboration features appealing characters, laugh-out-loud humor, and clever plot twists-a talent that earlier endeared these creators to The Princess in Black (2015) fans. Pham's brightly colored digital art extends the text in several places: for example, the opening endpapers depict Kitty crafting her horn, while the closing ones portray Parakeet and Gecko clowning around with their own headgear. The text is kept brief, allowing the artwork to shine, and the use of colors for Kitty's and Unicorn's speech identifiers helps to clarify the details of this original but never cloying friendship.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The publisher is pulling out all the stops for these kidlit dynamos, offering floor displays, event and activity kits, and lots of online buzz. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Is Kitty only a kitten? Or might she be a noble unicorn? Inspired by the unicorn on her poster, Kitty crafts a perfect horn and admires herself in the mirror. She feels "unicorn-y." Her friends disagree. " ‚??You‚??re not a unicorn, putty-pie,‚?? says Parakeet. / ‚??You‚??re curled up like a cat, fluffy-fry,‚?? says Gecko." So Kitty uncurls to prance and gallop, but her detractors point out her tiny tail. With some effort she plumps it up. They tell her she will never be a unicorn because she meows like a cat; this, of course, prompts her to let out a loud "NEIGH!" Parakeet and Gecko are having none of it, each time varying their mild name-calling. As the sun dips low, Kitty‚??s sure her long shadow looks like a unicorn‚??s‚?"until a real unicorn clops into view. Gecko and Parakeet are impressed, and Kitty feels insignificant. But this unicorn has a secret‚?¶a pair of fluffy, pink kitty ears the same pink as Kitty‚??s. They can be kitty-corns together, best friends. Unicorn fans will definitely identify with Hale‚??s protagonist and respond well to Pham‚??s bright cartoons, laid out as spot illustrations that pop against the mostly all-white backgrounds. The way Kitty‚??s friends dismissively poke fun with their name-calling may give some readers pause, but the be-true-to-the-inner-you message and the expressive characterizations add appeal. (This book was reviewed digitally with 12-by-18-inch double-page spreads viewed at 51.2% of actual size.) Likely to cause some imaginative prancing among unicorn and kitty lovers. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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