Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives – written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey, Graphix/ Scholastic, 2021. 9781338784855
Format: Hardcover graphic novel
What did you like about the book? Cat Kid takes a minor role as she teaches her students in the Comic Club all about how to write a story. The baby frogs are creative but also have major behavioral issues interrupting lessons frequently. The first lesson shows how to make 3-D bubble letters which the frogs love. The following day Curly and Gilbert share their minicomic they have written and illustrated: The Time Wasters. The second story by the Hacker Brothers, Chubbs McSpiderbutt, is presented as a movie with Claymation figures. The entire book is a sneaky way of teaching kids how to write and illustrate their own stories with perspective, suspense, humor and cliff hangers. The frogs create ten stories using haiku, calligraphy, poetry and more. Pilkey uses many mediums in his illustrations that include colored pencils, acrylic paint, gouache, photography and collage. Characters resembling those of Dog Man are here, of course, since that is where Cat Kid originated. Oh, the humor is here, too.
Anything you did not like about the book? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? The natural audience is, of course, Pilkey and Dog Man fans and those who read the first Cat Kid Comic Club story. Teachers could use it as a way of illustrating how to write a story.
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? Not necessary unless you are a Dav Pilkey/Cat Kid fan.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor Youth Services Book Review
Date of Review: December 10, 2021