FLAT CAT by Russell Hoban


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A uniformly garish, frequently baffling comic book, with a mock-easy-reader text ("Flat rat sat"), in which: a batman cat chases a giant rat; the two blow up a cow balloon and meet up with a long fiat snake; the trio pursues and overtakes some outer-space mice come to take their "nice cake" and "nice ice." A manic, phantasmagoric notion that might have been rather fun if it had been executed--like Sal Murdocca's The Hero of Hamblett (p. 141, J-37)--with a better understanding of comic-book technique, and therefore with sufficient clarity, crispness, and variation to make the point of each sequence plain. As it is, one confusion leads to another.
Pub Date: Dec. 12th, 1981
ISBN: 039920749X
Page count: 25pp
Publisher: Philomel
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1981


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