Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Steve Metzger
Illustrator: Ella Okstad
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Princess Kitty knows that her subjects are planning a surprise party for her. She pretends not to notice the party plans going on, and luckily she has many palace duties to distract her. When the day finally arrives Kitty plays party games and paints with her guests, but actually just messes them up for everyone else. When she tries to open her stack of presents, she gets caught in a ribbon and the presents fall. Anna gives Kitty a special necklace and they all eat yummy birthday cake together.
While there is ample opportunity to include a moral to this story, it is not done so. Princess Kitty's self-aggrandizement isn't rectified and the trouble she caused is simply forgotten once she does something cute. However, it is a humorous and cute story about someone's pet cat. The illustration style is well suited to the theme and feel of the story, utilizing bright and bold colors with thin black lines and a particularly expressive cat. Overall, this book is an excellent choice for those who have a highbrow cat in their life, but poor morals for the rest of us humans out there.