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FASHION KITTY AND THE B.O.Y.S. by Charise Mericle Harper


(Ball of Yellow String)

From the Fashion Kitty series, volume 4

by Charise Mericle Harper illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4231-3654-5
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

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)