Format: Hardcover graphic novel
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? Twelve-year-old Katie lives in NYC where superheroes are many and varied. She really wants to go to camp with her two best friends but doesn’t have the money. So she decides to try and earn it. She fails at helping to carry groceries up the stairs for neighbors in her apartment building, watering their plants or cleaning apartments. She is ready to give up when Ms. Lang hires her to care for her cats while she works. Her cats – all 217 cats. These are not ordinary cats; they use the computer, knit, sew, dance, fetch cups and remotes, watch scary movies, tell ghost stories, do martial arts and as many different talents and skills that 217 cats can possibly have. They are also capable of completely trashing the apartment and ordering pizza while Ms. Lang is away, but they are just as adept at repairing all the damage. Katie has been wondering if Ms. Lang just might be superhero Mousetress. When she does not return one night, Katie and the cats must find (she has been arrested and is in jail!) and rescue her.
Lots of action. Lots of excitement and lots of humor (and even a message). Yue’s cartoon illustrations are detailed and colorful and So adept at facial expressions especially old Mrs. Piper.
Inside back cover pages picture each and every of the 217 cats and their talent!
Anything you did not like about the book? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Those who like graphic novels that incorporate fantasy, superheroes, cats and plucky kids should go for this one.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? For graphic novel devotees, yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired librarian, manager Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 1/9/2021