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What 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.
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 forhelp isn't a bad thing -- getting help from friends can be a fun and positive experience.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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