"Diary of a Wimpy Cat" or maybe "Lynda Barry's Cat Goes Hollywood," it’s decent enough fare for graduates of Bad Kitty but...

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STUNT CAT TO THE STARS

From the Mr. Puffball series , Vol. 1

Mr. Puffball longs to be a star. Will Hollywood welcome him?

Mr. Puffball thinks that El Gato, star of the movie Cow-Cats & Aliens, is the greatest movie star ever. He is determined to be just like his idol, and when he discovers star power is in his genes (his great-grandmother starred in Cleocatra Meets the Mummy) and there are open auditions for The Great Catsby, he decides to head for Hollywood. Several interesting stops later (Roswell and “Hobowood” among them), Mr. Puffball lands in Tinsel Town ready for his audition at Metro Golden Meower. Unfortunately, he's years too late (the audition announcement was from an old newspaper). The oldsters at MGM point him toward Purramount. After some training, he lands a gig...as a stunt cat for El Gato. Mr. Puffball learns the dangers of meeting a hero, but purrhaps with the right cattitude, he'll earn his Hollywood ending. Lombardo's debut, a series opener, is replete with multipanel comics and other illustrations that advance Mr. Puffball's tale. Unfortunately a fair amount of the fun relies on punning riffs on old Hollywood. There are explanations in the aftermatter, but if you have to explain a joke....

"Diary of a Wimpy Cat" or maybe "Lynda Barry's Cat Goes Hollywood," it’s decent enough fare for graduates of Bad Kitty but not nearly as funny or inventive. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 7-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 29, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-06-232065-0

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 12, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2015

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MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS

This is rather a silly story, and I don't believe children will think it particularly funny. A paper hanger and painter finds time on his hands in winter, and spends it in reading of arctic exploration. It is all given reality when he receives a present of a penguin, which makes its nest in the refrigerator on cubes of ice, mates with a lonely penguin from the zoo, and produces a family of penguins which help set the Poppers on their feet.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1938

ISBN: 978-0-316-05843-8

Page Count: 139

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1938

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A crowd pleaser in an otherwise crowded oeuvre.

THE SEWER RAT STINK

From the Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels series , Vol. 1

The ubiquitous rodent journalist returns in a new iteration.

Geronimo Stilton, publisher extraordinaire of the Rodent’s Gazette, has a new story to investigate: New Mouse City is plagued by a deeply malodorous stink. As the stench intensifies, the residents flee, selling their homes. Stilton, flanked by his banana-loving friend Hercule Poirat, forays into the sewers to locate the fount of the funk. There, the duo encounters rat queen Trashfur Sparkles XIII and her Grand Council. Trashfur, the mastermind behind the nefariously noxious plan, has set her sights on wedding Hercule and marrying Geronimo off to one of her council members; how will Geronimo escape this time? This new graphic-novel series published by Graphix/Scholastic (not to be confused with Papercutz’s ongoing Geronimo Stilton, Reporter graphic-novel series) and illustrated by Angleberger (of Origami Yoda fame) utilizes a decidedly more cartoonish style than the Papercutz version, more along the Dav Pilkey aesthetic. Funny and fast-paced, this offering is infused with a generous amount of over-the-top silliness, with occasional breaks to explain jokes to readers (explaining that gorgonzola is a type of cheese, for example). With easy-to-read and varied typefaces and oversized, full-color panels, this should effortlessly appeal to the younger set, making it an obvious choice for those deciding what to read next after Dog Man.

A crowd pleaser in an otherwise crowded oeuvre. (Graphic fantasy. 7-10)

Pub Date: May 5, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-338-58730-2

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Graphix/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Feb. 26, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2020

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