Princess Kitty’s attendants throw a party in her honor. Ooh la la!
“My name is Princess Kitty. My attendants have only one job…taking care of ME! They know just what I need.” The orange puss’s attendants are Anna, her baby sibling, and their parents, a white family. Princess Kitty’s overblown narration expresses her perspective, but the illustrations tell another story. She lives in a palace (revealed to be a middle-class home), but she knows her ancestors used to be worshipped. Princess Kitty feels worshipped now. She discovers her attendants are throwing a party for her in a week’s time (readers see it’s actually a sixth birthday party for Anna). Each day Princess Kitty does something to prepare. Monday’s activity is ballet class (jumping from shelf to bed); Thursday’s is a massage (slightly too vigorous attention from baby brother); and Friday brings delicacies from afar (Chinese takeout). Princess Kitty’s guests (aka Anna’s friends) arrive on Saturday, and Princess Kitty manages, at least in her mind, to make it all about her. Metzger’s pampered Princess Kitty joins a long line of pets who see their lives slightly differently than their humans do. While Okstad’s bright, cartoon, digitally colored illustrations appropriately and humorously clash with Princess Kitty’s understanding, the contrast is not as broad nor the activities described as consistent as is necessary for real guffaws.
A far meow from purr-fectly original. (Picture book. 3-7)