By Lark Pien
Inter-friendship rivalries, woes, and jealousies fuel these gently humorous tales of the wise-beyond-his-furry-years Long Tail Kitty. In five linked adventures, he grapples with the vexing reality of friends who aren\'t always friendly to one another. Through it all, Long Tail Kitty does his best to navigate the everyday perils of growing up. A hipness factor that works for kids: Adventures offer quirky, original settings and non-standard characters. A gentle and offbeat spirit that\'s an ideal fit for kids who like engaging stories with a quieter, more droll sense of humor. Friendship issues are at the core of each story\'s relatable emotional palette. Flexible read-ability: The book features five stories that, when read separately, won\'t overtax an emerging independent reader but will offer proficient readers a lot of book to enjoy. Graphic novel star: Lark Pien\'s Mr. Elephanter received starred reviews from Publisher\'s Weekly, Kirkus, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children\'s Books.