Kitty Book Series

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Girl with cat-like superpowers has fun, daring adventures.

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Educational Value

Facts about cats, and good examples of healthy emotional interactions.

Positive Messages

Being brave can be easier than staying scared. Apologizing and working to make the situation right is important when you've done something wrong, as is accepting a true apology when it's offered.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kitty's parents are loving and supportive, and they welcome her new friends.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Paula Harrison's Kitty series is a fast-paced, fun adventure that delightfully pushes the bounds of readers' imaginations with stories of a young girl who, like her mom, has cat-like superpowers. With her feline friends Figaro, Pixie, Katsumi, and Pumpkin, Kitty puts on her black superhero suit and pounces around her town solving mysteries and helping bring peace to the animals of Hallan City. The stories focus on bravery, adventure, compassion, and model mature conflict resolution, and there are some fun cat facts at the end of each book. The first book is Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue.

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What's the story?

In the KITTY series, young Kitty looks forward to the time she'll have the same catlike powers that make her mom a superhero. When Kitty discovers she can communicate with cats, she knows her time as a superhero has come, but going on daring adventures at night scares her. She finds her strength and confidence when she's with her feline friends Pumpkin, Figaro, Pixie, and Katsumi, and together they head into the night to find the source of the mysterious sounds tormenting the city, return a stolen treasure, fix a damaged rooftop garden, and more. The end of each book has information about cats and their speed, reflexes, hearing, and more.

Is it any good?

Engaging and friendly, these stories bring just the right amount of adventure to young cat lovers. One of the keys to the Kitty series is in the relatability of the superpowers: Having cat-like abilities seems almost possible and something readers might dream of having themselves, and Kitty uses them in adventures most young readers would love to go on. There's a sense of security in her quests, knowing that she's thoughtful and careful in her escapades and supported by her loving family. Young readers can relate to Kitty's nervousness at trying something new, and the text is simple enough to engage them, while the story is fast-paced and challenging enough for more fluent readers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Kitty nervous in the series. Why do you think she's really doubting her abilities? Have you ever felt like you couldn't do something when other people thought you would be able to?

  • What adventures could you go on that are like the ones Kitty and her cats choose? Is there anything in your neighborhood you could investigate? How would you start?

  • What other fun adventure books have you read?

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