The Scariest Kitten in the World

Farrar. Aug. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780374390051.
PreS-Gr 2–While the creatures within this beguiling book would like readers to “Behold the terror!” most readers will find that “hold back the laughs” is more befitting. Readers are warned, encouraged to think of happy thoughts, anything but to continue through this title of (tongue firmly planted in cheek) chills and thrills. But, of course, readers will be turning the pages and read-aloud audiences will be calling out to continue as an adorable white kitten, two cute puppies, some chicks, and more try to be scary. When they can’t scare “you,” the reader, on face value, they don costumes and try again. The scariest “ghost of a bloodthirsty duckling” covered in a flowered sheet will not scare anyone, but it will have readers laughing. The illustrations and text work together seamlessly, creating a masterful story hour experience that will be enjoyed over and over.
VERDICT A funny, perfectly childlike conceit explored to its full capacity for chuckles.

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