FLUBBY IS NOT A GOOD PET! by J.E. Morris

FLUBBY IS NOT A GOOD PET!

From the "Flubby" series
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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Meet Flubby, a quintessential cat.

Flubby, a rotund gray-and white cat with stubby legs, seems unimpressed by his owner’s expectations of pet behavior. He won’t sing like Kim’s bird, catch like Sam’s dog, or jump like Jill’s frog. Flubby doesn’t even run when it rains. But when thunder pounds—“KA-BOOM”—cat and kid need each other. Morris limits her palette to muted shades of brown, blue, gray, and green with an occasional spot of orange. Short, declarative sentences follow a predictable pattern and complement the spare illustrations. Cartoon panels opposite full-page pictures move the simple story along. In one memorable double-page spread, the action—of the child throwing a ball while Flubby watches and then rolls over to sleep—moves readers’ eyes left to right across the spread in three stacked, horizontal panels. A full range of emotions, including happiness, frustration, boredom, concern, disappointment, fear, is conveyed with subtle changes in posture and eyes. The human characters are a multiracial mix. Kim presents Asian; Sam appears black; Jill seems white. Flubby’s owner is not gendered and has longish brown hair and brown skin. Series companion Flubby Will NOT Play with That! publishes simultaneously.

Nonjudgmental encouragement for new readers—even if they flub up. (Early reader. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 23rd, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-524-78776-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2019




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