Saturday, February 01, 2020

Brina the Cat #1: The Gang of the Feline Sun

Salati,Giorgio and Cornia, Christian. Brina the Cat #1: The Gang of the Feline Sun January 14th 2020 by Papercutz
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Brina and her owners are on vacation in an amazing home in the mountains. Brina wants to get outside, but when she is allowed out once, she gets distracted and runs away, finally being found in a pipe near the yard. Once this city cat has a taste of freedom and fresh air, she wants more. Egged on by Vespucci, a feral cat with a troubled past and a missing eye, Brina leaves her loving owners to run with the pack. Vespucci and the other cats are welcoming, but also get Brina into some trouble. Her owners are desperately worried, and she misses them as well, but is that enough for her to leave her life of freedom and return to them?
Strengths: This is worth purchasing for the setting alone-- those mountains! I'd be glad to go even if I had to be in a cage. This is a sweet story, and mirrors how I think my dog would feel if taken to the mountains. (There's no sleeping on memory foam with fuzzy blankets in the wild!)The pictures are utterly adorable, and the picture-to-text ratio is perfect.
Weaknesses: This is a translation, and there were a few moments where it felt like I was missing something.
What I really think: The premise is very similar to Hunter's Into the Wild, where the "kittypet" runs off and enjoys the life of freedom. This is sort of an alternate ending to that book; in The Warriors, the cats all decide to be feral and fight with each other and eat voles, but Brina is willing to give up her freedom in order to have a safer life with her humans. This will be wildly popular in middle schools where graphic novels circulate well.

Looking forward to the sequel, City Cat, due out June 2, 2020!

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