cover image Catwad: It’s Me.

Catwad: It’s Me.

Jim Benton. Graphix, $8.99 paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-338-32602-4

This playful collection of graphic-format short stories follows the adventures of two dissimilar cats—grumpy and cynical Catwad and happy-go-lucky Blurmp—who also happen to be best friends. From mistaking mosquitos for fairy unicorns to naming a virus (“I think I’ll call her ‘Sniffleen’ ”), Blurmp’s optimistic take on everything can be too much for Catwad. But whenever the grumpy Gus needs a reminder that the world is not as bad as he thinks, Blurmp is there to put a smile on his face—if only for a second. Throughout, humorous prose and bright illustrations by Benton (the Dear, Dumb Diary series) add to the amusement for each tale. While the Garfield-and-Odie-style humor may not be everyone’s cup of tea, younger readers in particular are sure to enjoy Catwad and Blurmp’s friendship. Ages 8–12. [em](Mar.) [/em]