There's some bullying in this, but it is done in a realistic way. Mean girls in Emme's class make fun of her because she's small, but always in a joking way, quietly and behind the teacher's back. There's even an anti-bullying assembly; those are a real thing, although I doubt they do any good at all. The fact that Emme has two mother's is very matter of fact, and Hannah's difficulty in accepting the new baby is realistic for this age group. It’s great to see realistically portrayed characters, and this seemed very true-to-life to me.
It was also nice that this was generally upbeat. There are a few sad moments (Butterball becomes ill for a brief time), but nothing that will depress middle grade readers, which is fantastic!
Fans of Leslie Margolis, Lisa Papdemetriou, Naylor’s The Agony of Alice and Lowry’s Anastasia Krupnik will enjoy this amusing story of cats, friendships, and the small changes that can seem so big to elementary aged readers.