Kit Feeny: The Ugly Necklace

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Comic book geek, deviser of crazy schemes, genius (according to him)—Kit Feeny is here!

Kit’s mother’s birthday looms and Kit is determined to get her something way, way better than his sisters, something completely “stupid awesome!” Would she like a cool metal detector? Where might Kit buy a baby dragon? Or maybe a spiffy pair of hip hi-tops? Shovels, dirt, Elvis, and the words “pip-pip!” all lead to the best, ugliest present ever!

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Overview

Comic book geek, deviser of crazy schemes, genius (according to him)—Kit Feeny is here!

Kit’s mother’s birthday looms and Kit is determined to get her something way, way better than his sisters, something completely “stupid awesome!” Would she like a cool metal detector? Where might Kit buy a baby dragon? Or maybe a spiffy pair of hip hi-tops? Shovels, dirt, Elvis, and the words “pip-pip!” all lead to the best, ugliest present ever!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
What do you do when your stuck-up older sisters always show you up at your mother's birthday party with a better present? Well, if you are wannabe-treasure-hunter Kit Feeny, you devise an overly-elaborate plan to disguise yourself as a millionaire (using clothes bought from a thrift store), buy a huge diamond necklace (after promising the store owner a share of your future treasure findings), and humiliate your sisters by giving mom the best present of her life! Unfortunately for Kit, real life refuses to accommodate his fantasies, as his plan is met with failure, failure… and more failure. But with the help of his Elvis-impersonating principal and a little ingenuity, Kit comes up with a new plan—one that might give his mom the best present ever. Writer/artist Michael Townsend delivers a silly comic adventure that kids who are big on imagination and low on money can appreciate. A fun choice for young fans of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" or "Babymouse." Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5–Kit and his friend Hoff have just spent a fun evening digging for treasure in the backyard when Kit is reminded that it’s his mother’s birthday. He has no money, but he wants to get her something awesome–or at least come up with a better gift than his twin sisters. In his quest to make or acquire the best present ever, Kit finds that fanciful plans might be fun, but not always practical. Long on charm, the childish spirit of Kit and Hoff is infectious, and their ramshackle inventions are recognizable as the products of real, homespun imagination. Their brashness will also feel familiar as it leads them to failure and subsequently to good learning experiences. However, the art is one-note, as the characters have only the most rudimentary range of expression. Their mouths are open in a constant gleeful gape, whether shouting, talking normally, or yelping in fear. A penciled interlude that’s meant to be drawn by Kit and Hoff actually exhibits a greater range of character animation, as well as an energy that’s often missing from the stiff composition of the rest of the story. One hopes the aesthetics won’t prevent readers from taking a chance on an inviting, enthusiastic, absurdist tale.–Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375856150
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,534,538
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Townsend’s first children’s book was the BCCB Blue Ribbon Winner Billy Tartle in Say Cheese! He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit him on the Web at mikeisgreathelikeschocolatecake.com.

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