Max Meow: Cat Crusader by John Gallagher, 240 pp, RL 2


Max Meow: Cat Crusader by John Gallagher
Review Copy from RH Graphic

I never want to start a review by enthusiastically comparing one book to another, but, considering the unstoppable juggernaut that Dav Pilkey's Dog Man series has been for the last four years, I am surprised that Gallagher's new graphic novel series aimed at the same audience is the first book to curl up next to it on the shelves! With bold colors, tons of action, monsters, robots, mini golf and meteoric meatballs, Max Meow will satisfy fans of Pilkey and well beyond. Even better, while there is a funny, fuzzy hero, the costar of Gallagher's series is a human! Max's friend, Mindy Microbe, girl scientist (with brown skin and curly hair) - spoiler! - transforms into Science Kitty after an explosive experiment with the meteor-meatball that turned Max into the Cat Crusader. While it's definitely fun seeing the Cat Crusader go up against baddie Agent M (a mouse, whose alter ego is Pep Svenson, feline golf pro!) I can't wait to see how the game changes when Science Kitty is at his side!

Max Meow has a panel layout and short chapters that will keep readers tearing through what is actually a pretty long book. Word bubbles are good-sized with the black dialog popping, making this a great transition book for readers ready to step up a level. And, like Pilkey's books, Gallagher gives readers a step-by-step lesson on how to draw the Cat Crusader.

Coming April 2021!

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