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Publisher's Note:

Second grade isn't always a breeze for Birdie. There are just so many opportunities to embarrass herself! But Birdie's got a secret weapon that nobody knows about?her alter-ego, Crafty Cat! Birdie can become Crafty Cat without anyone noticing, and she always manages to get herself out of a jam using her awesome crafting skills! When Birdie goes to a day-camp for crafting, she knows she's going to have a great time and be the best in the group. But when things go wrong, can Crafty Cat help Birdie set them right? From Just Grace and Fashion Kitty author Charise Mericle Harper comes the next volume in a hilarious, charming, and sweet new graphic novel trilogy for elementary-age readers about a little girl who can craft her way out of any situation.…

Crafty Cat and the Crafty Camp Crisis

by Charise Mericle Harper

Overall Book Review:

This is a really sweet, really simple story about one little girl and her enormous love of crafting. It’s Monster Craft Day at school, and Birdie (a.k.a. Crafty Cat, her alter ego) is ready to storm the school with her brilliant craft ideas. All she has to do is survive the mean girl who keeps butting into her projects, trust her friend will be there for her with his victory dance, and make the most amazing crafts ever. With a little advice from Cloudy, her friendly neighborhood cloud, and the cheery comments of a happy little blue sidewalk flower, Birdie is ready to take charge of her happiness and make the most amazing, most monstrously Monster-ish projects ever.

The illustrations are very simple line drawings, spare and simplistic in their portrayal of Birdie and her friends. The layouts flow really nicely, and the dialogue is quite natural and gently humorous in bringing Birdie to life in an endearing way. A real pleasure to read.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by First Second Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  A character is shown to be a bully; a character has run-ins with a mean girl; characters argue. 

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Bullying, sadness, feeling abandoned by a friend.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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