Sunday, December 8, 2013

Cute & Cuter

Title: Cute & Cuter 
Author: Michael Townsend   
Illustrator: Michael Townsend
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers  
Publication Date: June 2013   
Genre/Format: Realistic Fiction/Picture Book 
GoodReads Summary: Cute kittens, cute puppies, and more! An explosion of cuteness tailor-made for "I Can Has Cheezburger" fans.

 Janie Jane's life takes a turn for the cute when she receives an adorable puppy as a birthday present. She and Sir Yips-a-lot do everything together. But before you know it, it's Janie's birthday again and she's got a new, potentially cuter present to unwrap: Lady Meow-meow, "The World's Cutest Kitty."

Wait! Sir Yips-a-lot has always been the cute one in Janie Jane's life. What if she doesn't need him anymore? 
Michael Townsend has crafted a lighthearted romp that will help children--especially those with new siblings--recognize and overcome feelings of jealousy.  
What I Think: With two kiddos in the house who are getting older and more competitive with each other and constantly vying for our attention, this book really hit home. Sir Yips-a-lot has to deal with a new kitty in the house. What I love about this book is that Sir Yip-a-lot is pretty dramatic and it's hysterical. He isn't shy about hiding his feelings and we had fun reading about it. 
     Another thing I thought was great about Cute & Cuter is that the illustrations are done kind of like a comic strip layout. I've loved comics since I was a kid and have celebrated them more and more with my own kids. I love these kind of in-between books because I think they are a great bridge between picture books and comics. I think adults need more of a bridge than kids do, but I still love how a picture book like Cute & Cuter brings these two formats together.  
Read Together: Grades K - 2 
Read Alone: Grades K - 4 
Read With: Scaredy Squirrel (series) by Melanie Watt, Beep and Bah by James Burks, Binky the Space Cat (series) by Ashley Spires, Dog in Charge by K.L. Going
Snatch of Text:  
"Sir Yips-a-lot began to feel something he had never felt before:
'Why, I think she's cuter 
than ten pink hamsters dancing
in a field of flowers
while eating cupcakes!'"
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Connections, Making Predictions 
Writing Strategies to Practice: Personal Narrative 
Writing Prompts: Write about at time in your life when you were jealous of someone or something. What did you to do change how you were feeling? 
Topics Covered: Friendship, Feelings 
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