Fashion Kitty and the B.O.Y.S.: (Ball of Yellow String)

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Overview

It's hard to believe, but Fashion Kitty is in danger, who is the villian?
Is it a jealous kitty?
Is it a boy kitty?
Is it an inventor kitty?
Is it a kitty full of trouble?
Yes! Yes! Yes! And Yes!
Sometimes even a superhero needs a helping paw.
Lucky for Fashion Kitty, she's not the only hero in town.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
In this fourth installment about Kiki Kittie, aka known to readers as super-hero Fashion Kitty, she must come to the rescue of—herself! Her good friend Lester Lambaster's mean and nasty twin Leon is tired of the Fashion Kitty hype and has decided to expose her with the help of some schoolmates (who don't want to hurt her, just see her up close). Wearing tee shirts bearing CFK (Catch Fashion Kitty), they plot to use some of the inventive Lambaster family's sticky yellow string and marshmallow statue to rein her in. Meanwhile, teachers and classmates mistaking him for his evil brother, and Leon's horning in on his own good ideas, are wearing down Lester. Kiki is consistently supportive of Lester and helps him circumvent Leon when necessary. When Leon develops a ruse to stir Fashion Kitty into action and into his trap, Fashion Kitty needs the help of her friends to expose the villains. Written as more of an "illustrated" than "graphic" novel, this is a good pick for youngsters ready to read more text or for reluctant readers. There are shifts in point of view and some exploration of motivation. Harper weaves in advice on friendships, working together, and loyalty. Fun craft activities are included. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
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Fashion Kitty has met her share of enemies, but Leon Lambaster the III is the most devious, dastardly of all.

This time, no one is attacking her fashion sense—he's trying to capture Fashion Kitty herself! Leon, a troublemaker at school, starts the Catch Fashion Kitty Club (C.F.K.C. for short). The other members are there because they want to see Fashion Kitty up close, not because they want to harm her. But not Leon. He's sneaky and full of mischief. However, Leon's twin brother Lester is the complete opposite. Lester is friends with Kiki Kittie (or Fashion Kitty, when duty calls). When Lester finally learns of Leon's plan, he does everything he can to stop him. With a larger text-to-illustration ratio than previous works (Fashion Kitty, 2005, etc.), Harper has room to expand. And expand she does. The wacky ball of slimy, yellow string—integral to Fashion Kitty's capture—needs special gloves and two separate kinds of sprays for it to work. The exciting, yet cluttered, conclusion combines a marshmallow statue, rubber bands from an Eiffel Tower T-shirt and x-ray vision. Along with a few fashion emergencies thrown in.

Fashion Kitty has plenty of fans and won't go out of style anytime soon. This installment, however, requires a bit more attentiveness than her previous outings. (creative ideas for crafty kitties; not seen)(Graphic novel. 8-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423136545
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Fashion Kitty Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Charise Mericle Harper has created many picture books for children, including Pink Me Up; Gigi in the Big City; Cupcake; and The Best Birthday Ever! (By Me, Lana Kitty), as well as the Just Grace series. Charise lives with her family in Westchester, New York. This is her fourth Fashion Kitty novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    I love fashion kitty!!!!!!!Even though I didnt read this one ,th

    I love fashion kitty!!!!!!!Even though I didnt read this one ,they still have it at my school

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    What do marshmallows, yellow string, the Eiffel tower and Super Sticky Spray have in common? Fun!

    What do marshmallows, yellow string, the Eiffel tower and Super Sticky Spray have in common? Not much really, except that they all have a key role in Fashion Kitty and the B.O.Y.S (Ball of Yellow String (2011) by Charise Mericle Harper.

    Fashion Kitty and the B.O.Y.S. is Fashion Kitty's fourth adventure, but it is my first experience with the fashion forward cat whose family has two secrets: (1) they have a pet mouse and (2) Kiki Kittie is now a superhero called Fashion Kitty.

    Although the content is necessarily different, this book follows the tradition of Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid books (and even Brian Selznick and other books that I'm not as familiar with) in combining a written story with illustrated segments interspersed throughout the text.

    The really nice thing about this book, being part of an established series, is that Harper does a good job bringing readers up to speed quickly. It was easy to read this book as a standalone without the earlier installments.

    Apparently the earlier books in the series were more traditional graphic novels and some readers miss that format. I can't comment on that since I haven't read the other books, but I liked the text/image format. This could also be a good stepping stone to more text-based books for readers who are growing with the series, but it's really a matter of personal preference.

    Harper's writing is clever with a bit of fairy tale quality--it's easy to imagine sitting around a story hour being told this story by the author instead of reading it as a book.

    I like the emphasis on helping friends here and the illustrations are a lot of fun. Really, the whole premise is fun--a cat who is a superhero and helps cats with fashion emergencies? What's not to love? I was also happy to see the inclusion of a lot of boy characters instead of keeping the book girly and fashion-centric. Fashion does, obviously, play a role but it's also just a vehicle to help people out.

    T-shirts and marshmallow art play a role in the story and Harper even provides craft ideas at the end of the book making this one the full package. With the humor, short chapters, and illustrations Fashion Kitty and the B.O.Y.S. is a great choice for fans of the series, reluctant readers, and anyone in between.

    *A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher/author. (This is totally unrelated to the review and did not impact my opinion of the book, but thanks to Dema Neville for the lovely packaging of the said review copy which included the book as well as some marshmallows and yellow string--which as it turns out tie back to craft ideas at the back of the book.)

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Fashion Kitty Catches Her Audience Again!!!

    My daughters' love Fashion Kitty!!! They love the graphics. I like the messages Fashion Kitty imparts. Always honorable and true to self. The format, cartoon strip style catches even the most reluctant readers eye. Not only did it keep her attention as well as her younger sister (7) it inspired them to create their own graphic novels as the pictures are a favorite aspect of Fashon Kitty. In Fashion Kitty and the B.O.Y.S. Fashion Kitty finds herself battling the forever ornery Leon Lambaster III. He devises schemes to capture Fashion Kitty as she helps those around her. In his plotting he gathers a gang to take Fashion Kitty down. Fashion Kitty keeps her wits about her, never lumping Lester, Leon's brother in the same category. Lester looks like Leon, Leon copies Lester's attempts to look different, Leon is mischievous, Lester is blamed. Fashion Kitty remains true to her friend Lester. Without giving too much away, Fashion Kitty and the B.O.Y.S. is a good choice for young readers.

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