cover image Father Gaetano%E2%80%99s Puppet Catechism

Father Gaetano%E2%80%99s Puppet Catechism

Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. St. Martin%E2%80%99s, $19.99 (176p) ISBN 978-0-312-64474-1

Mignola and Golden (Joe Golem and the Drowning City) successfully reunite for this spooky, if derivative, illustrated novella set in WWII Sicily. Father Gaetano has just joined the convent of San Domenico, which houses children orphaned by war. Given the suffering his new charges have already experienced, the priest finds teaching them of God%E2%80%99s love an uphill battle. When Gaetano learns that the convent%E2%80%99s former caretaker, Luciano, built an elaborate puppet theater that has been stored in the basement, he discounts the students%E2%80%99 spooky legends around the puppets and attempts to use the figures to retell Bible stories in an entertaining way. The puppets are not so pleased with this plan and decide to put a stop to it. Golden%E2%80%99s text and Mignola%E2%80%99s illustrations bring their characters to life, allowing the reader to get emotionally invested despite the clich%C3%A9d set-up. B&w illus. (Oct.)