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 Amazing crafty cat
 Author: Harper, Charise Mericle

 Publisher:  First Second
 Pub Year: 2017

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 122 p., ill. (some col.), 22 cm

 BTSB No: 420674 ISBN: 9781626724860
 Ages: 6-10 Grades: 1-5

 Cats -- Fiction
 Imagination -- Fiction
 School stories

Price: $17.91

In the first volume of the series, Birdie has the perfect panda-riffic cupcakes in mind to share with her class for her birthday. But when disaster strikes on the way to school, the only one who can save the day is her alter ego--the Amazing Crafty Cat! In graphic novel format.

Crafty Cat, 1

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.50
   Points: .5   Quiz: 189628

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (02/15/17)
   School Library Journal (03/01/17)
   Booklist (04/15/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2017 Gr 1–4—How does one navigate the terrain of school, with its tricky fraction worksheets and class bullies? For Birdie, the answer is through crafts. With the help of her imaginary alter ego, the Amazing Crafty Cat, Birdie is able to prepare for the perfect birthday. She has made enough panda cupcakes for everyone in class (even Anya, the class bully), she has a beautiful dress, and the weather is lovely. Everything is perfect—until disaster strikes. On the walk to school, Birdie trips and all the cupcakes fall to the ground, and after she calls home for help, her grandfather shows up with olives and cottage cheese instead of dessert. Luckily, Birdie "transforms" (no one else is aware of her pretend metamorphosis) into an anthropomorphic feline to save the day using crafts. Harper effectively captures the highs and lows of grade school. Reminiscent of a child's doodles, the digitally rendered illustrations are artful while engagingly playful; they move the narrative forward and add some visual humor to the already funny text. The book also includes six easy DIY projects that will appeal to would-be Crafty Cats. VERDICT A charming addition to early reader graphic novel collections and a solid option for young crafters and fans of the author.—John Trischitti, Midland County Public Libraries, TX - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/15/2017 This adorable comics series starts with the introduction of Birdie’s alter-ego—super, problem-solving, scissor-and glue-wielding Crafty Cat. It’s Birdie’s birthday, and she’s excited to share some panda-themed cupcakes she baked for her classmates. Disaster strikes when she trips and falls on her way to school, ruining her cupcakes and soiling her dress. It’s up to Crafty Cat to come up with a solution. Harper’s style is not your conventional comics panel layout. A page is often a mixture of simple panels, captions, dialogue, and independent drawings that all interact with each other. Doodles of clouds and flowers make comments and chit chat with Birdie, and she often responds to captions or narration. This outside-the-box volume is a great example of the breadth of possibilities in sequential-art narrative. For an extra treat, the back of the book is chock-full of awesome craft ideas and even a cupcake decorating tutorial, so readers can play just like Birdie. Hand to fans of Janet Tashjian’s Sticker Girl (2016). - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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