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TIME HEIST

From the Cat Ninja series , Vol. 2

Fantastic, frenetic fun for comics and kitty fans.

A barrage of baddies comes for Cat Ninja.

Mild-mannered Claude the cat lives with Leon and Marcie Kwon and their mother; but when the city is threatened, Claude becomes Cat Ninja! (Only the kids know his secret.) Aided by former criminal mastermind Mr. Squeak (once known as Master Hamster), Cat Ninja fights the mind-controlling King Crab. Things get complicated with the hatching of Hoot, a superstrong owlet that Leon brought home from school as an egg (he thought it was a chicken egg). With Hoot’s help, Cat Ninja bests Electric Eel, Mecha Mechano, and Rhino Blasty, but the thing about this new wave of villains is that they only seem to be interested in attacking Cat Ninja. Apparently there is a bounty on his head. When Hoot’s father, Chronowl, arrives from the year 3021 they find out who is behind the attacks, their true target…and that all the world is at stake. This second collection of Cat Ninja digital comics (Nos. 6 through 10) is, if anything, more fun than the first. Bright, action-stuffed panels drawn by Thomas and colored by Wucinich don’t skimp on the visual gags. The Kwons are cued as Korean, and their community is diverse. Backmatter includes a sketchbook and superhero and supervillain name generators.

Fantastic, frenetic fun for comics and kitty fans. (Graphic fantasy. 7-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 12, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5248-6808-6

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Review Posted Online: Sept. 14, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2021

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THE WILD ROBOT PROTECTS

From the Wild Robot series , Vol. 3

Hugely entertaining, timely, and triumphant.

Robot Roz undertakes an unusual ocean journey to save her adopted island home in this third series entry.

When a poison tide flowing across the ocean threatens their island, Roz works with the resident creatures to ensure that they will have clean water, but the destruction of vegetation and crowding of habitats jeopardize everyone’s survival. Brown’s tale of environmental depredation and turmoil is by turns poignant, graceful, endearing, and inspiring, with his (mostly) gentle robot protagonist at its heart. Though Roz is different from the creatures she lives with or encounters—including her son, Brightbill the goose, and his new mate, Glimmerwing—she makes connections through her versatile communication abilities and her desire to understand and help others. When Roz accidentally discovers that the replacement body given to her by Dr. Molovo is waterproof, she sets out to seek help and discovers the human-engineered source of the toxic tide. Brown’s rich descriptions of undersea landscapes, entertaining conversations between Roz and wild creatures, and concise yet powerful explanations of the effect of the poison tide on the ecology of the island are superb. Simple, spare illustrations offer just enough glimpses of Roz and her surroundings to spark the imagination. The climactic confrontation pits oceangoing mammals, seabirds, fish, and even zooplankton against hardware and technology in a nicely choreographed battle. But it is Roz’s heroism and peacemaking that save the day.

Hugely entertaining, timely, and triumphant. (author’s note) (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 2023

ISBN: 9780316669412

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Aug. 26, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2023

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BECOMING MUHAMMAD ALI

From the Becoming Ali series , Vol. 1

A stellar collaboration that introduces an important and intriguing individual to today’s readers.

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Two bestselling authors imagine the boyhood of the man who became the legendary boxing icon Muhammad Ali.

Cassius was a spirited child growing up in segregated Louisville, Kentucky. He had a loving home with his parents and younger brother, Rudy. Granddaddy Herman also was an important figure, imparting life lessons. His parents wanted him to succeed in school, but Cassius had difficulty reading and found more pleasure in playing and exploring outdoors. Early on, he and Rudy knew the restrictions of being African American, for example, encountering “Whites Only” signs at parks, but the brothers dreamed of fame like that enjoyed by Black boxer Joe Louis. Popular Cassius was especially close to Lucius “Lucky” Wakely; despite their academic differences, their deep connection remained after Lucky received a scholarship to a Catholic school. When Cassius wandered into the Columbia Boxing Gym, it seemed to be destiny, and he developed into a successful youth boxer. Told in two voices, with prose for the voice of Lucky and free verse for Cassius, the narrative provides readers with a multidimensional view of the early life of and influences on an important figure in sports and social change. Lucky’s observations give context while Cassius’ poetry encapsulates his drive, energy, and gift with words. Combined with dynamic illustrations by Anyabwile, the book captures the historical and social environment that produced Muhammad Ali.

A stellar collaboration that introduces an important and intriguing individual to today’s readers. (bibliography) (Biographical novel. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 5, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-316-49816-6

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson/Little, Brown and HMH Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 3, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2020

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