FICTION

The Wild Cat

illus. by Eve Tharlet. 32p. (Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox: Bk. 6). Graphic Universe. Nov. 2018. Tr $26.65. ISBN 9781541500860; pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781541500877.
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Gr 1–3—Little fox Ginger has a bad case of imposter syndrome. She and her mom live in a burrow with some badgers, making her worried she isn't a real fox anymore. It doesn't help that she's scorned by everyone's idol, Sylvester the Wild Cat, who dubs Ginger "Reee-diculous" and tells her that her absent dad would be ashamed of her. Ginger is despondent until she finds acceptance and learns that Sylvester is a little less exceptional than at first glance. While readers might need some help following the scene changes, Tharlet's illustrations of expressive woodland animal friends and Luciani's misfit-finds-love theme work well together.
VERDICT A solid choice for those who are ready for a graphic novel–type picture book but not quite ready for Dav Pilkey's Dogman.

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