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When Sadie, a kindergartner, suddenly turns into a frisky leopard cub, her mother and brothers take her to a doctor, a veterinarian, and even a zoo seeking a cure.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780544290013
Branch Call Number: E LAN
Characteristics: 31 pages :,colour illustrations.
Additional Contributors: Hoffmann, Omer


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Dec 14, 2016

My son loved this one, and I love the understated way it communicates how much parents love their children. It's funny where it should be, sweet where it should be, and Hoffman's drawings are both fresh and comforting at the same time.

Sadie wakes up one morning feeling strange. She doesn't think she should go to school... and it's good that she didn't, because she's come down with Leopardpox, a bizarre disease that turns people into leopards! Her distraught mother must find a cure. As cute as baby leopards are, a leopard is no replacement for a daughter.

One of my favorite aspects was the lack of sibling conflict. Sadie's three brothers help pick up the mess their leopard sister is making, accompany Mom to the various places they visit trying to get help, and make well-intended suggestions on how to cure their sister. (I'm sure they wouldn't act that way all the time in real life, but it was nice.)

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