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Fashion Kitty Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-30 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 18 user ratings
ISBN:0786851341
LANGUAGE:English

"It was Kiki Kittie's Birthday and she was gets to make a wish. She wants a viola and a ton of fashion magazines. Her wish comes true and she is the new fashion queen of the school. She helps many of her fellow students with their wardrobe. Kiki Kittie seems to help people with not just their wardrobe but with confidence. I loved how she went around school helping people because I feel as if in my school we could of used a girl like her. She seemed to help a lot of people with self confidence problems which hits home to me because I struggle with that. Even though it was a book for a child, I enjoyed it greatly. I am especially I big fan of all the pink in the illustrations. All the illustrations were so fun and filled with many spunky patterns. I am not a big fan of cartoon books but I absolutely loving the illustrations. I loved how she had a friend names Mary Jane, because I have a friend with the same name that I sometimes help pick out her outfits. This graphic novel is very girly so I would recommend it for a girl around second or third grade. I liked how it went into depth about every situation that happened so it really gave the reader a good idea of what is exactly going on in the authors head. This was one of my favorites! " said.

"GENRE: Fiction, graphic novel.

SUMMARY: In a bizarre birthday-cake candle blowing incident, Kiki Kittie was struck by a vase and then hit on the head with a bunch of fashion magazines, which turned her into Fashion Kitty, able to hear fashion calls of despair. She rushes to the aid of friends and strangers alike, preventing fashion mishaps of the first degree.

EVALUATION: As a die-hard tomboy, I find obvious 'girly' titles like this a bit difficult to take. However, the artwork was well done, and the storyline is cute. I especially liked how Fashion Kitty finds her place in her family, and finds a purpose in her life. She is also quite helpful and friendly to the other kitties at school, which will hopefully raise their social status.

WHY I WOULD INCLUDE IT: This is a fine graphic novel title for young tween girls, and is popular enough to have spawned a couple of sequels. In the middle of the book the reader will find mix-and-match fashion plates, which, if they photocopy the library's version, will let them pretend to be Fashion Kitty, and make up their own sorts of outfits.

READER'S ANNOTATION: A new superhero is born after Kiki Kittie is hit with a bunch of fashion magazines, enabling her to respond and fix fashion cries for help!

ITEMS WITH SIMILAR APPEAL:
• The Warrior series by Erin Hunter.

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"A freak accident turns ordinary Kiki Kitty into Fashion Kitty, a superhero dedicated to righting fashion wrongs the world over.

Aimed squarely at the Babymouse demographic, Fashion Kitty's silly humor is likely to win over even the most reluctant reader. The pink and gray color scheme, glittery cover, cartoon illustrations, and girl friendly subject matter will pique young girls' interest, even if they do not usually read graphic novels. Parents and educators will appreciate the "clean" subject matter. The book's length would be perfect for a single Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) session. An eight page panel in the center of the book allowing the reader to mix and match outfits adds interest (although its fragility is sure to give librarians headaches.) Kitty and its sequels, Fashion Kitty Versus the Fashion Queen (2007) and Fashion Kitty and the Unlikely Hero (2008) are recommended for purchase in public libraries.
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"Fashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper is a great book for young girls who are starting to excel in their reading. This graphic novel was an adorable and fun read that has humor and a sweet story to it. I really like the idea of incorporating graphic novels into the classroom setting. I believe that these books really set children up for moving onto chapter books. They have enough text on each page to get the child reading more text than in traditional picture books and enough illustrations to keep the younger reader intrigued and focused on the book in front of them. It can also be a good book to keep around in a 6th or 5th grade class. It can give the older readers a break from other books while still giving them options of books they might like to read. Fashion Kitty is about a young cat named Kiki Kitty who doubles as a normal school girl by day and a kind of "fashion police" or superhero by night. She helps save people from making awful and terrible fashion mistakes and helps make the world a more fashionable place every day. In this part of the series, Fashion Kitty, or Kiki, helps a not so popular cat choose a perfect outfit for school after being tricked by the popular cats at school to wear a horrible outfit. In the end, the popular cat ends up having fashion faux pas at school and the not so popular cat helps her out. This novel is perfect to give to young girls who enjoy reading novels. The illustrations we're nice and helped depict the book's story line perfectly. It helped the reader follow along with the story easily. One thing I did not like about the illustrations was that they were all black, white and different shades of pink. It makes the book limited to readers that are females and could turn young male readers from being interested in the book. Of course this is a trivial critique of the book. I believe that this is a fantastic read for growing readers. " said.

"Fashion Kitty was written and illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper in 2005. This book is a children’s graphic novel. It is about cat named Kiki Kittie. The story is written in third person and first person by Kiki Kittie. She is a normal cat until her birthday. Kiki starts the story off explaining why her family is unusual. The text is written in a child-like writing, which helps keep the book a little more interesting. I believe it keeps it more interesting because it makes you think it is actually Kiki writing the story. On Kiki’s birthday she gets hit on the head by a shelf and become Fashion Kitty. Her job is to go and help other cats that are having a fashion faux pas. This book is written in a comic style and is very descriptive. The first thing I did not like about this book was the missing Table of Contents. The author did not break this book into chapters. I was hoping because it was listed as a children’s graphic novel that it would have been written with chapters. The jacket of the book is a wonderful setting for the plot of the story. It shows Kiki in her disguise as a giant above a city. There is even a little comical circle on the bottom that says, “I need fashion help!? The Jacket does offer different colors and a glittery background around the title. The pictures are in drawing form in pink, grey, and black colors. They are the only colors used within the story of the book, except for the cutouts. There are eight glossy pages that children can cut and create different outfits for Mary Jane Tabby. On Fashion Kitty’s first adventure she helps a girl named Mary Jane Tabby. Once she helps Mary get her wardrobe together, the author puts inserts the cutouts so the children can help create their own outfits. The second thing I did not like about this book was when Kiki went into Priscilla’s house and drew circles around the eyes of the cats in the fashion magazines. In the morning Pricilla drew circles around her eyes and went to school and got made fun of. I did not believe this was a very good example for my child. The third thing I did not like about this book was when Kiki lied to her parents. Her parents asked her where she went and she said, “I don’t remember where I went.” Kiki then writes in the book, “Kiki wasn’t sure why she felt she should keep her adventure as Fashion Kitty a secret.” So clearly she knew where she went. Overall I did like the story because it kept my attention and was written in a comical form. There are many books to this series. I believe this would be a good book to have in a third grade classroom library. I probably would not read it aloud because it is mostly for girls. " said.

"This review covers the first three books of the Fashion Kitty series.

Though I love Charise Mericle Harper, it took me a long time to get around to reading Fashion Kitty. I love the Just Grace series and her picture book, Cupcake, so it really was just a matter of time, but since I am neither a fashionista nor a cat lady, a book combining those two themes didn't necessarily strike me as a good fit. Finally, though, all three volumes - Fashion Kitty (2005), Fashion Kitty Versus the Fashion Queen(2007), and Fashion Kitty and the Unlikely Hero (2008) - were sitting on my library shelf one day, and I decided it was time. I snatched them all up, took them home, and read them one right after the other.

The Fashion Kitty books are graphic novels, drawn to look girly. The covers sparkle with glitter, and the illustrations are colored with pink, purple, and gray ink. Fashion Kitty herself wears pink and purple, as does her alter ago, Kiki Kittie, and Kiki's sister, Lana.

Kiki Kittie becomes Fashion Kitty for the first time on her birthday. She makes a wish, and subsequently gets smacked in the head with a pile of fashion magazines. From then on, either from the wish, or the blow to the head, or both, whenever a fashion faux pas is committed in her town, Kiki turns into Fashion Kitty and flies off to save the day. (She has no control over when this might happen, but it often occurs at dinner time, much to her mother's dismay.)

Fashion Kitty's powers are as follows:

Brain that can mix and match hundreds of outfits in a second
Ears that hear the distress call of someone in need of fashion help
X-ray eyes that can see through buildings or anything else that's in the way
Heart, mostly good
Tail of comfort. One touch of the tail makes everything seem all right.
Supersonic feet that make Fashion Kitty really bounce (p.36)

Fashion Kitty is really popular and famous, but she has a nemesis or two. In Fashion Kitty Versus the Fashion Queen, she must deal with a new girl in town who has banned all the girls from wearing the color pink. In Fashion Kitty and the Unlikely Hero, the principal of Kiki's own school is on anti-fashion rampage and forces all the students to wear uniforms. Fashion Kitty has to work hard to fight for fashion and earn back her friends' rights to dress how they want.

Kiki Kittie is a vegetarian, and so are all her family members. This means that, while other cats eat mice, they actually have a secret pet named Mousie. They are also unusual in that both girls, Kiki and Lana, are permitted to dress in whatever funky styles they want, and their parents encourage it. Lana is also just a really great four-year-old character. She's not jealous that she's not Fashion Kitty, she just wishes Kiki could stay Fashion Kitty long enough to play with her when she gets home from a mission.

Overall, I have to say, these books are a lot of fun. They are not just watered down versions of stereotypically masculine superhero stories. They celebrate all that is fun about being female, and put a unique and creative twist on the superhero genre. I did notice a lot of similarities between Grace from the Just Grace series and Fashion Kitty - both are strongly empathetic, and both are hugely optimistic, and always try to look toward the positive - but while Grace is bound by the rules of reality, Fashion Kitty gets to play with those boundaries a bit more, pushing them to their limits and saving the world, in her own way, one fashion disaster at a time.

An excellent series for third and fourth grade girls.
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" Pure silliness. Gave me a giggle. " said.

" Lucia wants to read anything featuring a cat or an owl. This is a silly, fluffy, story , but Lucia is entranced. " said.

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