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I'm Not Cute!

By Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Short but cute -- much to a baby owl's chagrin.

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This quick-to-read picture book tells the very short story of a, yes, cute baby owl who wishes he wasn't so cute. For kids who labor under the same cute "burden," this book will surely be cathartic. The pictures betray Baby Owl's assertions that he's actually a "huge, sleek hunting machine" since he is obviously a squeezable ball of fluff.

The cartoon-like quality of the pictures and the clean, white background keep the book moving along quickly since there is little to dwell on in each page. (One complaint from a young reviewer: The bunny looks an awful lot like a kangaroo.) The book ends with nurturing Mother Owl finally hearing Baby Owl's frustration and acknowledging his wish to be seen as more ferocious than he appears. For kids who are feeling tense on behalf of Baby Owl, it makes for a nice ending.

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