I will start my review with, this is not my image of the graphic novel Kitty Sweet Tooth (book one) by Abby Denson. All of mine had big ol’ light/flash spots on it. And very distracting. Besides, I liked the idea that some place out there someone has a Kitty Sweet Tooth doll. Granted, I do not want one, but I know that there will be several ages six to eight/nine who will after reading this book.
Now I will add that there are several characters in this book, so you might want to keep a list of them. But the main ones are as such: Kitty Sweet Tooth (a purple cat, who has good dental checkups, likes sweets, movies, and eating sweets while watching movies). Walter the (male) Witch (who frankly has pants WAAAAY too tight for a kid’s book, and very fabulous), and Dr. Battina (a not-mad-but-actually-pleasant scientist). The three of them team up to help Pop-Pop’s movie theater with a couple coats of paint, elbow grease and tasty new treats (that might not come out as planned but work out for the best). The results is the new Taste-O-Rama, part movie theater part snack bar.
Everything is clever, but maybe sometimes gets a little too over-the-top and saccharine, but not necessarily too too much (like other books I recently reviewed). This is Cartoon Network illustrations. Bubbly, big, blasting color and energy (not unlike Kitty herself). Utomaru’s illustrations and friends might be an acquired taste because of those qualifications.
Book one ends on a somewhat cliffhanger, making book two Kitty Sweet Tooth Makes a Movie almost a must find (but I think I’ve had my fill). But if you or your child want more, KSTMAM is due mid-October 2022