Author & Illustrator: Jonathan Allen
Publisher: Boxer Books
Baby Owl doesn’t want everyone to think he’s cute. Instead, he believes he’s a “huge, scary, sleek, sharp-eyed hunting machine.” But as he makes his way through the woods, Rabbit, Fox and Squirrel all tell him he’s cute and give him a hug. By the time he reaches his mother, he’s angry and frustrated.
His mom reassures him that he’s absolutely right, and also gives him a big hug. But Baby Owl is still not satisfied. Finally, his mother tucks him into bed, saying the right words that will make him smile.
I’m Not Cute! is charmingly illustrated with soft images of a fluffy baby owl and sweet forest animals. Kids will relate to the frustration of feeling that adults only see them as “cute” when they have so much more potential. I highly recommend this adorable book.
Reviewer: Alice Berger