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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Pippin the cat in the story Pippin No Lickin' by Layne Ihde. Unlike other cats who liked to bathe, Pippin disliked preening and he would do anything else other than self-cleaning. His papa told him that things would get caught in his fur and his mama told him that his fur would get sticky. Pippin smelled so much that the kids in his class felt the paint would soon peel. Things changed when he was walking along one day. A red plastic kazoo got stuck just behind his right shoulder of fuzz and a huge chunk of grape gum got stuck on his tail. He caught sight of his reflection while passing a puddle and by the day of his grade school class pictures, Pippin had become a collection of fur sticky fixtures. Would Pippin decide to change?
The story is adorable with a good message; that of being hygienic. I like the way the author handles a relevant topic, making it interesting and entertaining to readers. The illustrations by Linda Pierce are as delightful as the story and they give a good pace and movement to the story, alongside giving Pippin an identity and personality of his own. It is a good story for read aloud and storytelling sessions in classrooms to make children understand the importance of personal hygiene and keeping themselves clean. It is good for bedtime storytelling too and an excellent tool for parents to teach their children about personal hygiene and its importance.