Kit Feeny Series

Common Sense Media says

Lots of life lessons packed in cute comic series.

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What parents need to know

Educational value
Not applicable
Positive messages

Explores positive ways to deal with moving, missing a best friend, surviving a new school, and making new friends.

Positive role models

Kit is always open to learning from others. He has his good and bad days, but with a little help from his friends or his parents, he always sees the bright side of things. Losing friends and being embarrassed can be hard on a kid, but Kit learns that being positive and trying your best will definitely turn the situation around.

Violence & scariness

On Kit's first day of school in his new town, he meets Devon the Bully Comedian on the bus. Devon pairs put-downs with really bad jokes. However, with some deep thought, Kit figures out a way to make Devon a friend instead of an enemy. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this this super cute comic book series would be great for lovers of Babymouse.  Kit Feeny is a great role model who is learning some tough lessons that younger readers will really identify with.  Moving away, losing old friends, and feeling bad about not having enough money for Mom's birthday present are all things that kids go through; Kit shows readers how to handle those hard situations with head held high.

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What's the story?

Kit Feeny is a fun and lovable little guy who discovers that life isn't always easy. First, he has to move away from his home and his best friend Arnold.  Next, he realizes that he doesn't have enough money to buy his mom a super awesome present for her birthday.  However, Kit realizes that he's not alone.  With help from his parents and his new friends at school he learns he can take on any problem that comes his way.  Kit finds out that asking for help isn't a bad thing -- getting help from friends can be a fun and positive experience.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fans of Babymouse will love this series too. Like Babymouse, Kit's a conscientious kid learning lots of lessons. Moving away from a friend and feeling embarrassed are situations that aren't easy to go through, but kids can learn, through Kit, that staying positive and having a willingness to listen to others can make the outcome a lot easier to handle.  Kit handles his problems with humor and positivity -- something kids can definitely learn from.

Michael Townsend's illustrations are just as cute as Kit himself. The limited use of color makes Kit stand out all the more and the panels are very easy to follow.  Kit's myriad emotions are well shown -- readers can definitely tell what Kit is feeling.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about moving away and losing old friends. When Kit moved away, he tried to take Arnold with him.  Have you ever moved away from a best friend?  What was hard about making new friends?

  • Kit's sisters are constantly bragging about the present they bought for their Mom's birthday, but Kit doesn't have anything for Mom.  Have you ever wanted to buy a present for someone,  but couldn't afford it?  What did you do?

  • Kit ends up making a present for his Mom for her birthday.  Have you ever made a present for someone instead of buying it?  What did you make?

Book details

Author:Michael Townsend
Illustrator:Michael Townsend
Genre:Humor
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date:October 13, 2009
Number of pages:96
Publisher's recommended age(s):8 - 12
Read aloud:8
Read alone:8

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Kid, 11 years old Written byboon July 6, 2010
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boon's rating

i thought this would be a cute book but it was very kiddish. this is more a book for little girls who like babymouse. no inappropriate content at all, except for kit covering his eyes when he sees a bunch of bikini's. book wasn't goodb at all!

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