The Amazing Crafty Cat
Birdie, amazing crafter and fan of all things panda, has a secret: her alter ego is Crafty Cat, a heroine able to solve any problem with quick thinking and her paws! Birdie usually leaves Crafty Cat at home, and only her best friend knows about her, but when Birdie’s plans for the best birthday ever at school begin to go horribly awry, she needs to call on Crafty Cat to save the day. The story is a thoughtful look into the mind of a child, as Birdie experiences a realistic range of emotions, from excitement about her birthday to grumpiness when an adult demands she clean up a mess she made. Birdie is talented and creative, but she is not perfect. The various pieces of the plot do not tie up completely, but this leaves room for sequels. The illustrations are in pastels, soft greens, and browns with clean lines, and they bring readers fluidly from Birdie’s actions to her thoughts and back again. Readers who want a relatable story about problem solving and making the best of a bad situation will enjoy The Amazing Crafty Cat.
Charise Mericle Harper