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  • Emergency Kittens! by Jody Jensen Shaffer
  • Kiri Palm

Shaffer, Jody Jensen Emergency Kittens!; illus. by Dave Mottram. Doubleday, 2020 [26p] Library ed. ISBN 978-1-9848-3009-8 $20.99 Trade ed. ISBN 978-1-9848-3008-1 $17.99 E-book ed. ISBN 978-1-9848-3010-4 $10.99 Reviewed from galleys Ad 4-7 yrs

Everyone has bad days sometimes, days when you want to call on the nearest superhero to come to your aid. Superheroes can't fix every problem, though, and that's when Mimi, Twee-Twee, and Adorbs, the Emergency Kittens, will save the day. Using the power of cuteness, the Kittens rescue falling ice cream, hide bad haircuts, and even distract bullies long enough for a boy named Sheldon to retrieve his stolen ball. The appeal of the Kittens is undeniable, with their enormous eyes, pink paws, and billowing, colorful capes, but there's not a lot of substance to this tale. The tonal switch to Sheldon's plight is awkward, appearing as an afterthought to the Kittens' random acts of adorableness that dominate two thirds of the book. However, these concerns are secondary to a story that's largely focused on Mot-tram's charming digital art and the truth that a cuddly, furry friend can, in fact, "make everything better." [End Page 227]



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