by Maggie Fischer
The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the memes are full of silly misspellings and puns. Each kitty is different and the designs are adorable!
Although most of them are cute and fun and innocent, I found a few slightly questionable kitties with weird bios. For instance, there is Drizzle, the kitty with an OCD paranoia of germs who is constantly bathing. He’s “gripped with the inescapable horror that [germs] are everywhere and on everything. Drizzle once downed a whole bottle of bubble mix because he thought it was just super-clean soap, and farted bubbles for three days.”
Another kitty, Peekerz, is terrified of open spaces, and stays inside her cardboard box all the time.
There is also a whole list of gluttonous kitties obsessed with food, who are obviously overweight in the illustrations, and who only list food preferences and food-related comments in their bios.
So we have kitties with mysophobia, eating disorders, OCD, and agoraphobia. This is strange in a book about toys for children!
Maybe Hasbro is trying to include all types, so that someone with mysophobia might relate to that kitty and see themselves and their issue represented in a toy, but wouldn’t it be better to present healthy examples of kittens with healthy behavior? Children are so impressionable, and they might latch on to dangerous ideas.
I just find it very odd. Especially because those issues are not dealt with in a good way. Those unhealthy behaviors seem to be encouraged and celebrated, rather than treated as an obstacle to overcome on your journey to a healthy behavior pattern. If you wanted to represent behavior or health issues in a toy’s bios, you should write it so that they have this issue that they are striving to overcome, not as though the issue is a good thing that is accepted and celebrated. It’s badly written. Somebody on that writing staff needs a therapist or something.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Media Masters Publicity in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.