Take It Away, Tommy: A Breaking Cat News Adventure by Georgia Dunn. Andrews McMeel, 2020. 9781524858186
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5
Genre: Animal fantasy
What did you like about the book? Cats offer up a TV broadcast to a cat audience on happenings in the human household (a woman, a man and their baby) in this humorous graphic novel. Reporting on the advent of bacon on the kitchen table, what happens when humans leave the room, the appearance of a ghost cat, and Tommy, a new cat in the neighborhood are among the events deemed newsworthy by Lupin, Elvis and Puck. Watercolor art, which gives the cats great emotional depth, with hand lettered text makes this feel like the cats rule the roost. It’s as if cats really are watching us!
Anything you didn’t like about it? Both cats and humans have blank pupil-less eyes, which I found off-putting.
To whom would you recommend this book? For fans, ages 10 and up, of cat humor, and of the author’s web comic.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and Middle schools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: April 15, 2020