GRAPHIC NOVELS

Max Meow: Cat Crusader

Random. (Max Meow: Cat Crusader, Bk. 1). Oct. 2020. 240p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780593121054.
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Gr 2-5–Welcome to Kittyopolis, where an anthropomorphic cat named Max Meow, in desperate need of viewers for his vlog, decides to film a segment at his friend Mindy Microbe’s secret science lab. Unbeknownst to them, a nefarious rodent by the code name of Agent M has sent Robot Reggie to steal Mindy’s meteor meatball, and during the ensuing struggle, Max accidentally bites into the meatball and becomes the Cat Crusader. Now with super strength, the ability to fly, and a tail that sends out bolts of electricity, Max tries to save the city all while keeping his viewers entertained. Gallagher’s story is light on text but big on vibrant, high-energy artwork—a combination that’s sure to keep even the most hesitant of readers engaged. Max must learn not only how to be a superhero but also, more important, how to be a good friend, by not taking credit for Mindy’s accomplishments. Depicted with dark skin and dark curly hair, Mindy is no mere sidekick; indeed, she could very well have gotten title billing alongside Max.
VERDICT Fans of Dav Pilkey’s “Dog Man” series will love this quirky graphic novel.

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