The Many Lives of Pusheen the Cat

Gallery. Mar. 2021. 192p. pap. $16. ISBN 9781982165390.
Gr 1 Up–Sorry, Garfield, there’s a new cat in town, Pusheen, a webcomic star–turned–worldwide phenomenon. Where Garfield was sarcastic and arrogant, Pusheen is just plain cute. A small gray cat, she has led many lives and worn many faces. From dragon to detective to unicorn cat, Pusheen’s manifestations are illustrated here in a series of colorful and humorous vignettes with minimal text (many children’s picture books have more). However, the appeal of Pusheen is visual, and the limited text adds humor to the adorable illustrations. Chapters vary in length, meaning some readers may find their favorite flavor of Pusheen less well represented. Still, fans of Pusheen (as well as lovers of other ridiculously cute cartoon icons such as Hello Kitty or Gudetama) will chuckle and coo over this volume, as will most cat owners.
VERDICT A book that will appeal to a wide age range of readers, as many preteens (and older) will enjoy it just as much as their younger siblings. A recommended purchase for youth-serving libraries.

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