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

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

by Charise Mericle Harper


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423136545
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Fashion Kitty Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Fashion Kitty and the B. O. Y. S. 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fashion Kitty and the B.O.Y.S. (Ball of Yellow String) marks a change in the successful Fashion Kitty series. Still aimed squarely at the reluctant reader, with simple vocabulary and a fast-moving story, the newest book is a foray into the illustrated chapter book format.Fashion Kitty's latest adventure unfolds in twenty-six short (2 -3 page) chapters, with abundant illustrations and panel cartoons in several colors. Now firmly entrenched in her role as a masked superhero, Kiki Kittie is learning a few of the unpleasantries that come with being a superhero. Hardest of all is keeping her identity secret, and mean Leon Lambaster III is about to start trouble in Chapter 6 with"The Six Words That Started it All"I am gonna catch Fashion Kitty.¿¿Throw in some marshmallows, some t-shirts, a secret club (Catch Fashion Kitty Club, or CFKC), and a slippery invention called "evaporating knot string," and you've got everything you need for a fashion-based superhero adventure!The book's small size matches the earlier GN editions, however, with text and panels competing for the same space, both suffer in the size department. Harper's humorous illustrations deserve a larger venue, and a larger font size might be easier on the struggling reader.If Fashion Kitty and the B.O.Y.S. signals the end of Fashion Kitty in graphic novel format, it could be a zero sum game - readers eager for more Fashion Kitty may be pleased with the new illustrated novel format, but fans of the graphic novel series may be disappointed. If this is indeed the future for Fashion Kitty, all readers may benefit from a larger size.Glossy pages with Creative Ideas for Crafty Kitties (including marshmallow sculpture building) follow the story. Look for Fashion Kitty's little sister, Lana Kitty, starring in her own picture book, The Best Birthday Ever.For the record, I received this free review copy of Fashion Kitty along with a valuable and enticing gift - one that I could smell even before I opened the package - a bag of marshmallows and a box of stick pretzels (for building my own marshmallow statue, I presume)! A very clever promotion that would double as a fun book discussion activity!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love fashion kitty!!!!!!!Even though I didnt read this one ,they still have it at my school
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
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.)
Bookish_Chic More than 1 year ago
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.