- Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn by Shannon Hale
Trade ed. ISBN 9781419750915 $18.99
E-book ed. ISBN 9781647001285 $15.54
Reviewed from digital galleys R 3–6 yrs
A crafty kitty fashions herself a colorful horn out of paper, yarn, and glitter (of course), and it looks so convincing (“so perfectly unicorn-y”) that she’s certain she is in fact a unicorn. An unimpressed Parakeet and Gecko criticize her posture, so she starts to prance; they mock her fuzzy, teeny tail, so she puffs it up big; they ridicule her purr, so she comes at them with a powerful neigh. They’re eventually wowed—but not by Kitty, by the massive unicorn that shows up. The unicorn’s magnificence undermines Kitty’s unicorn convictions, but then the horned beast dons a pair of kitty ears and confides, “I am a kitty-corn.” It’s not entirely clear where the unicorn gets said cat ears, but logic isn’t necessary for Kitty and Unicorn to realize they’re kindred spirits and embark on some serious kitty-corn fun. Hale and Pham bring the charm and whimsy of their Princess in Black series to this picture book, conveying the same message of self-love and confidence with the candy-colored art and a wide-eyed, bushy-tailed feline who is the dream of cat meme makers everywhere. Pair this with Kim Norman’s Thunder Pug for a sweet reminder that you can aspire to great things but also appreciate yourself just as you are.