Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Charise Mericle Harper
Illustrator: Charise Mericle Harper
Publisher: First Second
Birdie is eager to play the role of the butterfly in her class presentation. The only problem is that her rude classmate, Anya, wants the part too. Birdie ends up choosing the role of the caterpillar instead and puts her all into crafting the perfect costume. On the day of the show, Anya’s butterfly costume encounters a ruinous disaster. Even though she’s been difficult to get along with, Birdie comes to her rescue and saves the class play.
Birdie and her alter-ego, Crafty Cat, are back in the third book of this graphic novel series. With an imaginative mind and creative hands (or paws), Birdie sets a good example of showing kindness to everyone, even those who are mean and unappreciative. The illustrations were sketched on an iPad Pro, and inked and colored on a Cintiq in Photoshop with a digital nib. Readers can make five of their own butterfly and caterpillar crafts from the story using the templates and instructions that are included in the back of the book.