But Why Are the Cats Always Evil?

Cat’s Cradle, Book 1: The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux

First Look:

Cute, but creepy.

Jacket Copy:

To most, Suri is just an orphan in a traveling caravan. But Suri is determined to prove she has the mettle of a monster tamer. When she unknowingly takes something valuable from a caitsith — a cat monster — she will have to quickly harness her powers … if she even has them!

Sequel?

It is supposed to have a sequel, but no word yet on when.

Worth Reading?

Good graphic novels that are written for kids (not just deemed “appropriate”) are always a cause for celebration.

Notable Things:

East/West Fusion!  Rioux’s art style seems like a fusion of western comic with manga style, and I like it.

Mythology!  It’s a fantasy world that seems to make sense, and Rioux introduces us to a lot of the rules without infodumping or overexplaining.

Elaboration:

Graphic novels, although they can obviously be enjoyed by anyone, help encourage reluctant readers to pick up a book.  I am pleased to wholeheartedly recommend this book to any parent, teacher, or kid.  It looks like the beginning of wonderful adventures for our heroine, who is plucky and resourceful.  I only wish it had been longer.

Disclosure:

I received a free digital copy from the publisher via Netgalley.

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