Monday, March 19, 2012
Miss Annie #2: Rooftop Cat by Frank Le Gall with illustration by Flore Balthazar
This is an odd little book. Don't get me wrong - it's a fun book with beautiful art. Miss Annie is a great character: strong, a hint of mischief, inquisitive, loyal. But there were times when I felt that I was reading a comic or graphic novel for adults. There's a fair bit of attention paid to animal sexuality and the process of making babies - never really in so many words, but definitely present in comments and glances. (Spoiler alert) There's also a death of a main character, something that might be upsetting to young readers to see in a graphic novel about animals. And the text sometimes has the odd phrasing of a translation. But the art and the heart of the story (and the chance to see the world from Miss Annie's point of view) might make it a good choice for readers looking for a quiet story with a European sensibility.
I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Lerner Books.
Read it with:
Miss Annie #1: Freedom! by Frank Le Gall with illustration by Flore Balthazar
Lou! #1: Secret Diary by Julian Neel
Hamster and Cheese by Coleen AF Venable