Cat’s Cradle, Book 1: The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux
Cute, but creepy.
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!
It is supposed to have a sequel, but no word yet on when.
Good graphic novels that are written for kids (not just deemed “appropriate”) are always a cause for celebration.
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.
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.
I received a free digital copy from the publisher via Netgalley.