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EMERGENCY KITTENS! by Jody Jensen Shaffer


by Jody Jensen Shaffer ; illustrated by Dave Mottram

Pub Date: Jan. 7th, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-9848-3008-1
Publisher: Doubleday

The power of cute is the only superpower these kitties need.

Are you in trouble? Just having a tough day? “Maybe you need a superhero! Someone muscly and fierce, possibly wearing tights. Or maybe you need… / EMERGENCY KITTENS!” Mimi, Twee-Twee, and Adorbs are three giant-eyed kittens in capes ready to help humans in a bind. They can catch a falling scoop of ice cream, hide a bad haircut, or rescue little children from trees, but not everyone knows about their services. Young Sheldon is beset by bullies who take his ball. Several superheroes come to his aid; they lift bulldozers and leap over buildings, but none of that helps until the EMERGENCY KITTENS (always set in all-caps) arrive. They roll and knead and chase and pounce and finally purr—no one can resist that. With the bullies distracted by their sheer adorableness, Sheldon easily gets his ball back! Through text and speech bubbles (and with tongue firmly planted in cheek), Shaffer mashes up felines and superheroes to giggle-inducing effect. Mottram’s colorful cartoon illustrations feature humans of many skin tones—Sheldon presents black—and his three furry warriors pack action and endearing antics on every page.

These kitties will win hearts with a glossy-eyed glance.

(Picture book. 2-7)