What's Your Favorite Favorite?

What's Your Favorite Favorite? illus. by Bob Shea. 56p. (Ballet Cat). Disney-Hyperion. Feb. 2017. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781484778098.
K-Gr 2—While Ballet Cat puts together a dance program for Grandma, Goat (aka The Great Goatini) prepares a magic show. According to Ballet Cat, ballet is Grandma's favorite. According to Goat, magic is Grandma's FAVORITE favorite. A battle of the wills ensues between the pair as they take turns displaying their talents. Goat's less than stellar magic skills provide humor, as do the facial expressions. When Grandma arrives, each one tries to impress her and best the other. When Grandma is asked which performance is her FAVORITE favorite, she saves the day by avoiding the question with the suggestion of ice cream. With neon-bright pages, equally colorful speech bubbles, deadpan humor, and the fun series format, this offering is sure to resonate with beginning readers, who will relate to the competition for a loved one's attention.
VERDICT The rivalry between Ballet Cat and Goat for Grandma's affections will appeal to new and established fans of the early reader series.

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