Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion

by Stephen W Martin (Author) Dan Tavis (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Friendship is hard for Fluffy, a kitten so precious that anyone who looks at her explodes!

Meet Fluffy--an adorable kitten. So adorable, in fact, that anyone who sees her will spontaneously explode into balls of sparkles and fireworks. KABOOM! Poof. Poor Fluffy doesn't want anyone to get hurt, but everything she tries, even a bad haircut, just makes her cuter! So Fluffy runs away someplace no one can find her. Find out if there's any hope for Fluffy in this funny and subversive story about self-acceptance and finding friendship in unlikely places.


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Starred Review

Whoever first coined the phrase "It's so sweet it makes your teeth hurt" got off easy. The feline puffball of this title is so overwhelmingly adorable that when anyone in her animal-populated world is in any kind of proximity, they spontaneously combust in a cloud of rainbow smoke: "KABOOM!" "This, of course, made Fluffy very sad and extremely lonely," Martin (How to Make a Friend) observes in delicious deadpan. Attempts to de-escalate the cat's preciousness--giving herself a bad haircut, wearing a bag over her head--only make her cuter. Tavis's (Common Critters) explosion-filled illustrations, a smartly paced combination of snapshot vignettes and full spreads, portray Fluffy's travails with comic deftness, assuring readers that her effect on others is all in good, albeit cracked, fun. And it's a tribute to the authors' storytelling skills that audiences will also be rooting for Fluffy's happiness--which she finds after retreating to a seemingly deserted island (but one still within reach of pizza delivery) and meeting a companion whose own cuteness quotient is a match for her own lethal lovability. Readers newly flexing their sense of transgressive humor should get a real bang out of this. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (Oct.)

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Review quotes

* "Tavis's explosion-filled illustrations, a smartly paced combination of snapshot vignettes and full spreads, portray Fluffy's travails with comic deftness, assuring readers that her effect on others is all in good, albeit cracked, fun. And it's a tribute to the authors' storytelling skills that audiences will also be rooting for Fluffy's happiness...Readers newly flexing their sense of transgressive humor should get a real bang out of this."— "Publishers Weekly, starred review"
Stephen W Martin

Stephen W. Martin is an award-winning writer and director and the author of Stewart's Best Pen. He lives in Los Angeles. stephen-w-martin.com, Twitter: @Stephen_W_M.

Olivia Aserr's artwork graces children's books and animation. She lives in Los Angeles. www.oliviaaserr.com, Twitter: @oliviaaserr, Instagram: @oliviaaserrillustration.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781534441453
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
November 20, 2021
Series
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