Monday, March 19, 2012

Miss Annie #2: Rooftop Cat by Frank Le Gall with illustration by Flore Balthazar

Miss Annie is excited with the new little door that allows her to go inside and outside as she pleases. Before long she is staying out all night and exploring the many rooftops around her house. That's where she spies a group of rival cats who have infiltrated the neighbourhood. Will Miss Annie and her friends be able to protect their homes?

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

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