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All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper
The Best Man by Richard Peck
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
Bloom by Doreen Cronin
Candor by Pam Bachorz
The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass
The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
Iron Ties by Ann Parker
The Lens by N.K. Guy
The Magic Cornfield by Nancy Willard
Merman in My Tub, Volume 1 by Itokichi
Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
On the Trail to Sunset by Thomas William Wilby and Agnes Anderson Wilby
One Witch at a Time by Stacy DeKeyser
The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Showing Off by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
Storm by Amanda Sun
They Came in from the Road by Marjorie Starbuck and Elizabeth Platko
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Who Is AC? by Hope Larson

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Books with Strong Families
Collaboration
Half year round-up - Favorite books read in 2017
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 05)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 12)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 19)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 26)
May 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
Read Our Own Books May 2017

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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The Amazing Crafty Cat: 06/03/17

The Amazing Crafty Cat  by Charise Mericle Harper

The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper is the first in a new middle grade graphic novel series. It's Birdie's birthday and she's made panda cupcakes to share at school. But when she drops them on the way her perfect day begins to unravel.

Thematically, this book reminds me of the webcomic, Sarah's Scribbles (now in print as Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump. Birdie spends a lot of her time living in her head — imagining the outcome of things, or planning her next crafts. While she's super-creative, she's easily distracted.

The various birthday disasters and school scenes are set-ups to introduce the crafts. The book's strength is its craftiness. Plot-wise, it's pretty bland — nothing much different from a typical Babymouse book or similar.

For it's intended audience, though — graphic novel, craft loving, upper elementary school aged readers — the book is a hit. My daughter tore through the book in about half an hour on a car trip and re-read it once we got home.

There's a second book in the works, Crafty Cat and the Crafty Camp Crisis coming out on August 15, 2017.

Three stars

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