cover image Kitty Quest (Kitty Quest #1)

Kitty Quest (Kitty Quest #1)

Phil Corbett. Razorbill, $20.99 (208p) ISBN 978-0-593-20546-4

Wanting to make some cash on the fantastical medieval island of Pawdor, Woolfrik—a blue-eyed orange tabby—and Perigold—a green-eyed purple feline—offer to help an elderly gray cat vanquish the monster residing in her cellar, which turns out to be nothing more than a faulty pipe. As payment, they receive an “exquisite looking jewel” that doesn’t seem to be good for much. When an actual monster attacks, though, and the jewel is accidentally tossed into a slime pit, the legendary Tower of Kitquaroo emerges, knocking out the monster and temporarily defeating its mustachioed cape-wearing feline master. The gem’s ghostly guardian, now freed, persuades the would-be heroes of the tower’s past and their own role in protecting Pawdor. Equipped with new weapons and magical scrolls that contain knowledge of a mysterious guild, the two kitties set out to defeat the monster once and for all. Corbett’s debut features snappy dialogue, bold illustrations, and colorfully imagined feline characters that complement the cheeky humor and swashbuckling hijinks, resulting in an entertaining series opener for young quest seekers. Ages 8–12. [em](June) [/em]