Sunday, August 21, 2022

Happy Kitty Bunny Pony: A Saccharine Mouthful of Super Cute by Michael J. Nelson


This book has been on my wishlist for over ten years and I decided to treat myself because 1) life is short and 2) I'm trying to shorten my to-read list by finally getting to some of the books I've been metaphorically drooling over that-- for whatever reason-- aren't available on Kindle. I'm actually high key shocked HAPPY KITTY BUNNY PONY didn't get a Kindle release, because it's written by one of the dudes from Mystery Science Theater 3000, and the high-quality glossy images featuring creatures that wouldn't look outlandish in a Five Nights at Freddy's backstage concert, is a pretty appealing hook. I mean, it worked on me, and I'm stingy AF.

HAPPY KITTY BUNNY PONY kind of fell short for me, though. I liked the cute animal pop art (I guess this is published by an art design publisher??) but the commentary was limited and read like it was being written by someone who thinks he's much funnier than he actually is. I was hoping for more of an actual (but funny) history about how cute become a must in commercial advertising, and how what was considered cute has changed over time.

"I liked the art" is basically the "she has a nice personality" equivalent for books like these, but I did like the art. 

2.5 out of 5 stars

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