Kitty Quest by Phil Corbett

 Kitty Quest by Phil Corbett. Razorbill, 2021. 9780593205464

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Paperback

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Perigold and Woolfrik are two young wannabe monster hunters in the quiet hamlet of Meowminster. When they meet the ghost cat Mortimore at the tower of Kitquaroo, he gives them the weapons they need to hunt a reported monster controlled by the evil Dagzobad. Mortimore is a gentle ghost, Dagzobad is mostly annoying, and the monster is just a dragon whom Dagzobad controls by extortion.

I like that none of the cat characters in this early grade graphic novel are really evil, and that there’s gentle humor and wordplay that make it fun to read. Early graders who crave feline-centric fiction will really enjoy this, and there’s plenty of cat humor to laugh over. The world-building of this medieval-like land of cats is easy to understand, partly in thanks to the great map of the islands of Pawdor at the beginning. A bright cheerful color palette anchored in purple and green telegraphs that this is not a tale of death and gloom, but rather a fun adventure with swords and dragons and magic. Well, with a title like Kittyquest, who would think it was anything else?! It’s a delightful read with more adventures expected.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Maybe it’s a quibble, but there is no pagination.

To whom would you recommend this book?  For early to middle grade fans of Catstronauts (Drew Brockington) and Max Meow (John Gallagher) and other gentle fantasy.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school 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, unless you can’t get enough cat fiction!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: September 16, 2021

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