Saturday, September 9, 2023

Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn by Shannon Hale


Sarcastic shout-out to Katy, Texas for halting access to new library books because some fool with a megaphone and a soap box decided that this was transgender propaganda (and, like, even if it was-- literally, so what?). I didn't realize the World's Biggest Clown Awards were airing already, but it sounds like there's going to be some major contenders. 

I heard about this book on TikTok and it is one of the cutest books I've read in ages. It made me cry. It's not even explicitly about gender, although it can be interpreted that way. The core of the story is a kitty who wants to be a unicorn but her two friends keep telling her she isn't and crushing her little dreams. Then she meets a unicorn who wishes he was a cat, and they decide to be kitty-corns together.

The end.

I think the beauty of stories like these is that everyone can probably relate to being told they can't like something or be something because of how they were born or what they look like. And while this could apply to kids who are trans, I think it also applies to things like boys wanting to wear pink or purple, or girls wanting to play with trucks. Kitty ends up ditching her negative friends and befriending a new friend who supports her, shares her interest/identity, and ends up making her feel seen (the book actually uses that language, that she feels seen).

How anyone could take issue with this sweet fluffy ball of a book is beyond me.

5 out of 5 stars

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