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*The Power of Cute* by Charise Mericle Harper
Also by Charise Mericle Harper:

The Best Birthday Ever! By Me (Lana Kittie)

Gigi in the Big City

Pink Me Up

Milo's Special Words


Just Grace
The Power of Cute
by Charise Mericle Harper
Ages 3-7 28 pages Robin Corey Books October 2011 Hardcover    

The Power of Cute is the adventure of a tiny baby who is dressed as a superhero. Though this baby superhero looks like a girl, there is no mention of whether the baby is a boy or a girl.

The superhero baby meets a large monster that tries his best to intimidate the baby with its large size and ferocity. However, the superhero baby has some tricks of his/her own and teaches the monster a lesson about true power.

As the book proclaims on its front cover, The Power of Cute is “my very first graphic novel” with “wheels to turn,” “flaps to lift,” “Tabs to pull,” and “a pop-up.” What it doesn’t mention is that the lead character illustrations and story are, for lack of a better word, “cute.”

Soft, muted colors in the background support the funky characters: a tiny baby dressed in a superhero costume with a letter ‘c’ on the chest front, and a big monster wearing brightly colored clothing. The dynamic patterns and movable design of the illustrations also make this book an exciting and stimulating visual adventure. The illustrations and story will captivate and enchant children ages 3-7 years, though the moveable parts might require some dexterity and gentle hands to handle them.

As if all the moveable and hypnotic elements of the book weren’t enough, there is also a message about self-confidence, friendship and not relying on size or being mean to others to be powerful. The Power of Cute is a fun and entrancing book, which is cute enough to entertain children and adults alike. Five stars.

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