Me and Mr. Fluffernutter
Me and Mr. Fluffernutter
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Annotation: A young girl and her cat are best friends, most of the time.
Catalog Number: #147890
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-385-75496-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99067-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-385-75496-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99067-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016044348
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In this mini drama about friendship, the young female narrator declares, "Mr. Fluffernutter and I are best friends. We love spending time together doing all of our favorite things." Mr. Fluffernutter cat, of course ays along with coloring and catching butterflies but is less enthusiastic about tea parties and fancy dress-up. When Mr. Fluffernutter shows a preference for nonhuman activities, such as gazing at fish and playing with yarn, it causes a rift in the friendship. The two engage in separate activities, find that unsatisfactory, reunite, and establish a common ground: "Mr. Fluffernutter and I BOTH really like bath time. We just do it a little differently." The design of the pencil, watercolor, and digital collage illustrations wonderfully highlights the action by surrounding the two characters with ample white space and using interesting wallpaper designs as backdrops. The narrator's running monologue provides the facts (as she sees them), while the body language and expressive faces provide the emotional intensity. Delightful and heartwarming.
Kirkus Reviews
Best friends do everything together…right?"Mr. Fluffernutter and I are best friends. // We love spending time together / doing all of our favorite things." A light-skinned girl with two puffy, pompom ponytails and her Siamese cat, Mr. Fluffernutter, draw pictures (he bats at the crayons) and chase butterflies. The tea party that follows seems less to Mr. Fluffernutter's liking (perhaps it's the hat). He doesn't look to be enjoying swinging or swimming either. His little girl just doesn't understand why he would walk away from playing baby in the pram (he's wearing a bonnet, of course). Seems he'd rather watch the goldfish swim (which she finds boring). His stinky choice of lunch and insistence on lengthy bouts of yarn play make the girl question their friendship. Maybe they'll have fun alone—but they don't, a fact made plain in both expression and body language in a double-page spread of vignettes. They find they really do enjoy doing everything together—but sometimes they "just do it a little differently." Olson applies the same sweetly dry humor to feline-human relations that she did to ninja bunnies. Her pudgy, watercolor-and-pencil illustrations smartly convey the depth of the bond between these two. Young listeners might not catch Mr. Fluffernutter's discontent at first glance, but his expressions tell all for the observant tot. Plenty of appeal for pets and the small people who love them. (Picture book. 3-7)
Publishers Weekly
Droll mixed-media art belies a perky narrative in Olson-s story of a girl and her cat, best friends who don-t always see eye to eye. -We love spending time together doing all of our favorite things,- chirps narrator Mia, who has planned a morning filled with -tons of fun.- On the agenda are a tea party (Mr. Fluffernutter, her cat, sits grumpily at the table wearing rouge and a wide-brimmed straw hat), playing dress-up (he cheerlessly sports a tiara, sunglasses, and fur boa), and swimming (submerged up to his chin, the scowling feline is kept afloat by a pair of swimmies). After the cat-s patience wears out, and he stalks off to go stare at the goldfish bowl, Mia sniffs that they will each have more fun alone, which isn-t the case, naturally. With small tweaks to her characters- facial expressions, Olson (the Ninja Bunny books) evokes a panoply of emotions to comical and poignant effect. Without getting didactic, she imparts a clear message about the benefits of compromising and respecting differences. Ages 3-7. Agent: Kerry Sparks, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary. (Oct.)

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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD420L

From the creator of Ninja Bunny comes a new story about a little girl and her beloved cat, who learn that friendship is the best compromise of all.
 
A little girl and her cat, Mr. Fluffernutter, are best friends. They do everything together, all the time. But what happens when Mia wants to have a tea party, and play dress-up, and go for a swim? And when Mr. Fluffernutter prefers to stare at the fish bowl? And stare at the fish bowl some more. . . . Can these two be so different—and still be best friends?
 
Here are two new characters to fall in love with—and a celebration of differences, compromise, and friendship.
 
Praise for Ninja Bunny:
 
“Sweetly humorous fun.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Gorgeous illustrations add a level of humor and whimsy. . . . Ninja Bunny is sure to delight young warriors of all stripes.” —New York Journal of Books
 
“Marvelous simplicity.” —Examiner.com
 
“Funny and full of motion.” —Kirkus Reviews


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