By Stacy McAnulty
“The picture was old, slightly torn, and smelled funny, but it was still absolutely true.
And Mr. Fuzzbuster was going to prove it.”
Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite tells the story of Mr. Fuzzbuster, a fluffy black cat that is very proud to be owned by a little girl named Lily. The two have been together for some time, and he is confident of his status as Lily’s favorite. However, the four other pets in the home have differing views on who Lily’s favorite is, and when the question is posed to Lily, she claims they are all her favorite and refuses to single out an individual pet. This causes frustration for Mr. Fuzzbuster, but in the end he accepts that each pet is important to Lily in a unique way and declares Lily as the pets’ favorite.
This book would be a great story for siblings, especially a first-born who has recently acquired a baby brother or sister. This could be a teaching tool to combat any potential jealousy felt by a child in response to the attention that a brand new family member traditionally receives.
The recommended age is 3 – 7 years, but the twist at the end provides comedic relief for all ages. Illustrator Edward Hemingway captures the animal characters in a fun and colorful way, and McAnulty’s writing has a natural flow to it. Plano Public Library has five copies in the system; I encourage patrons to give it a try for family story time this summer.