The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey: Volume 1
Editor: Rich Young
Distributed By: Dynamite Entertainment
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Ever since seeing Grumpy Cat on the internet, I've been a fan. I love cats to begin with and that grumpy looking face was adorable to me. The cat's human was a genius to turn Grumpy into everyone's favorite meme. Grumpy's movie didn't pan out too well, but I was interested in checking out a new children's fiction book featuring our favorite grumpy kitten called The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey.
Containing eleven tales featuring Grumpy Cat and her energetic and terminally happy sister Pokey, The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey: Volume 1 reminds me of the Peanuts books I had as a kid. Though it is not quite classified as a comic book, it sure looks like a comic book to me, with hints of manga in the kittens' features. Each tale is funny enough that an adult would definitely enjoy them - I found myself laughing at the ways in which Grumpy would set up Pokey, though it should be known that Pokey does win sometimes.
Some of the tales are longer than the others and, while the art is more child-oriented, the storylines are quite cute. Favorites include Treasure Map, in which Grumpy convinces Pokey that a treasure is to be found only by entering a haunted house; Paws of Justice, inspired by the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film; Detective Cats, in which Grumpy is the surly trench coat wearing detective with a cigar...um, flashlight...dangling from her mouth, on the hunt for the notorious food thief and I Know What You Did Last Summer...I Just Don't Care, a Halloween tale.
I found The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey: Volume 1 a fun read for kids and grownups alike. Though the artwork is more manga than I expected, the stories are funny enough to elicit a chuckle from adults and cute enough to engage young kids. Definitely worth taking a peek at.