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 It's me (Catwad)
 Author: Benton, Jim

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2019)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 125 p., col. ill., 24 cm

 BTSB No: 111675 ISBN: 9781338326024
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Graphic novels

Price: $16.61

Meet Catwad! He's blue, he's a bit of a grouch, and his best friend is a dim-witted cat named Blurmp who can see the bright side of anything. From pizza and computers, to love and happiness, this crabby tabby has a funny take on just about everything, and he's not afraid to share it. In graphic novel format.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 2.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 500704

   Kirkus Reviews (12/15/18)
   Booklist (05/01/20)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/19)

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School Library Journal - 03/01/2019 Gr 3–6—A series of short, fast-paced cartoons follow Catwad, a grouchy blue feline who is friends with a cat named Blurmp (who is not the sharpest knife in the drawer). Much of the humor feels like sketch comedy or even vaudeville. There is physical, scatological, and gross-out humor, as well as jokes at the expense of one or both of the cats. Characters fall down, get crushed, turn themselves inside out, or have popsicles stuck in their ears. Benton's artwork bursts with color and will pull in reluctant readers like moths to a flame. While readers who are too young might not get the jokes and older ones might find the tales too silly, many will find them hilarious. VERDICT Grumpy Cat meets The Odd Couple, for kids who like to laugh.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 05/01/2020 Hey, kids! Get ready to meet Catwad . . . even if he has no interest in meeting you. Benton’s newest creation features a pessimistic cat and his feline friend Blurmp, who will do anything to make him smile. Each chapter is often only two to four pages long and revolves around the same premise—Blurmp is stupid and overly optimistic, while Catwad is easily annoyed and pessimistic. In one scenario, Catwad gets a relaxation chair, only to have Blurmp mess with the controls and cause more harm than good. In another chapter, Blurmp takes Catwad outside to show him the many “unicorn fairies” he’s found, only for Catwad to realize they are actually mosquitoes. The premise has certainly been done before, but the short vignettes will serve emerging readers well—much like Tedd Arnold's Noodleheads series or Ben Clanton's Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea! (2016)—as an early-reader graphic novel, given their simple word choices and focus on humor rather than story. Benton’s trademark art style additionally works well with the crude sense of humor that will certainly put a smile on kids’ faces. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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