Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Stephanie Yue. Random House, 2021. 9780593306321
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review) 4.5
Format: Hardcover, graphic novel
What did you like about the book? Katie is bummed because her best friend is headed to summer camp without her. Her single mother can’t afford the pricey camp, so Katie schemes up ways to make money by doing tasks in her apartment building. After killing some plants, being chased by a robot vacuum, and other disasters, she happens upon the perfect job: cat sitting! Except that there are 217 cats in the apartment and they are geniuses with crazy skills like coding, martial arts, lock picking, etc. Every night the cats get up to crazy shenanigans like stealing a neighbors’ couch, ordering tons of pizza, and more, but at 11:59 p.m. they quickly put the apartments back to rights before their owner, Madeline, returns home. But where does Madeline go? When Katie notices that Madeline is out whenever the Mousetress, the most notorious villain in NYC commits crime, Katie begins to suspect Madeline may actually be the Mousetress. Is she evil and can Katie the Catsitter save the day?
This book is so much fun! I’m so happy there is a sequel on the way in 2022 because I LOVE this book and can’t wait to find out what happens next. The idea of sneaky cats with special powers is really cute and I love how the last four pages are devoted to illustrations of the cats in alphabetical order with their special powers listed (Blanche is good at fundraisers and Cat Benatar is Lead Vocals, haha). The subplot of friends drifting apart is well done and will be enjoyed by middle school readers. Overall, amazing!
Anything you did not like about the book? Nope! It’s super fun!
To whom would you recommend this book? Students who enjoy quirky graphic novels and students who like reading about friendship problems.
Who should buy this book? All elementary, middle, and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA
Date of review: September 7, 2021