Kitty Conquers the Big Bully
author : KayeC Jones
pages : [ebook] 33
Meet Kitty, a daring and sweet little girl who won’t take anyone talking mean, especially neighborhood bullies who make all the kids cry.
Kitty finally goes face-to-face with the biggest bully who declares to her that girls can’t do anything but “clean and bake cookies”. Instead of flourishing fists and sinking to the bully’s level, she uses her wits and thinks her way out of the situation.
This wonderful story teaches everyone, not only girls, to believe in themselves and not to doubt their dreams and wishes, no matter what those dreams and wishes happen to be.
I really enjoyed this book! It’s a unique twist on a positive story about how to react to a bully. Kitty is told that girls can’t do ‘anything’–sexism at its finest, which even kids are subjected to and need to know how to push back against. Kitty doesn’t for a moment doubt herself and instead begins to think of all of the different things that she is able to do, no matter what anyone else thinks or tells her.
An adorable little addition to the book is the appearance of her two stuffed animal friends, a bear and a bunny, on every page. If it was fun for me to look to see where they’d be or what they would be doing on each page, I’m sure children would love to point out where they are or discuss what they’re doing in relation to their good friend Kitty.
One thing that was slightly distracting about the text and that made me take a star off for my review was that sometimes the text suffered a little from straining to make the lines rhyme. Something the rhythm would be thrown off because it wouldn’t be a perfect rhyme or odd words would be used to successfully complete the rhyme pattern.
Overall, this is such a cute story. The pictures are adorable and then the message of the story is a great and empowering one. I would definitely recommend this picture book!