Author: Landau, Orna
When Sadie, a kindergartner, suddenly turns into a frisky leopard cub, her mother and brothers take her to a doctor, a veterinarian, and even a zoo seeking a cure.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 172103
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/14)
School Library Journal (12/01/14)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2014 PreS-Gr 3—Sadie wakes up feeling funny. Her symptoms include a cough that turns into a roar, teeth that grow sharper, and a spotted, furry coat. Her peculiar case of "Leopardpox" sends the experts into a quandary. After examining the little girl, the pediatrician haughtily says, "I'm not a doctor for leopards," while the veterinarian says, "Are you sure you don't want to keep her the way she is?" At the zoo, everyone is excited about seeing a new leopard, but Sadie's fiercely protective mama knows what is best for her little cub. Hoffmann's mixed-media illustrations showcase Sadie the leopard wreaking havoc in doctors' waiting rooms, leaping onto furniture, knocking over plants, and leaving perplexed patients in her wake. The text is also full of dry quips, such as "I'm not sure they will let her into kindergarten like this." In this quirky tale, a mother's love proves to be the perfect cure.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2015 Kindergartner Sadie wakes up one morning “feeling funny.” As Mama checks her symptoms, Sadie starts transforming . . . into a baby leopard. Her family takes her to the pediatrician, who promptly kicks them out of his office. Next they try a veterinarian, who is delighted to see a leopard but fails to grasp that the patient is actually a human with a bad case of leopardpox. Next they try the zoo, where sobbing Sadie is locked in a cage. Finally Mama objects and takes Sadie home, where chicken soup and cuddling on the couch turn Sadie back into a little girl. The fast-moving story line and humorous, detailed cartoon illustrations will engage readers with a subtle and reassuring lesson about acceptance. Many of the adult characters are very quick to express disapproval, make judgments, and apply labels to Sadie and her behavior. Their failure to celebrate Sadie’s differences hearkens back to classics like Robert Kraus’ Leo the Late Bloomer (1971) and David Small’s Imogene’s Antlers (1985) while making a very contemporary point about tolerance. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.