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A new middle-grade graphic novel series about growing up, friendship, heroes, and cats (lots of cats!). Katie is dreading the boring summer ahead while her best friends are all away at camp--something that's way out of Katie and her mom's budget, UNLESS Katie can figure out a way earn the money for camp herself. But when Katie gets a job catsitting for her mysterious upstai A new middle-grade graphic novel series about growing up, friendship, heroes, and cats (lots of cats!). Katie is dreading the boring summer ahead while her best friends are all away at camp--something that's way out of Katie and her mom's budget, UNLESS Katie can figure out a way earn the money for camp herself. But when Katie gets a job catsitting for her mysterious upstairs neighbor, life get interesting. First, Madeline has 217 cats (!) and they're not exactly . . . normal cats. Also, why is Madeline always out EXACTLY when the city's most notorious villain commits crimes?! Is it possible that Katie's upstairs neighbor is really a super villain? Can Katie wrangle a whole lot of wayward cats, save a best friendship (why is Beth barely writing back? And who's this boy she keeps talking about?!), AND crack the biggest story in the city's history? Some heroes have capes . . . Katie has cats!


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A new middle-grade graphic novel series about growing up, friendship, heroes, and cats (lots of cats!). Katie is dreading the boring summer ahead while her best friends are all away at camp--something that's way out of Katie and her mom's budget, UNLESS Katie can figure out a way earn the money for camp herself. But when Katie gets a job catsitting for her mysterious upstai A new middle-grade graphic novel series about growing up, friendship, heroes, and cats (lots of cats!). Katie is dreading the boring summer ahead while her best friends are all away at camp--something that's way out of Katie and her mom's budget, UNLESS Katie can figure out a way earn the money for camp herself. But when Katie gets a job catsitting for her mysterious upstairs neighbor, life get interesting. First, Madeline has 217 cats (!) and they're not exactly . . . normal cats. Also, why is Madeline always out EXACTLY when the city's most notorious villain commits crimes?! Is it possible that Katie's upstairs neighbor is really a super villain? Can Katie wrangle a whole lot of wayward cats, save a best friendship (why is Beth barely writing back? And who's this boy she keeps talking about?!), AND crack the biggest story in the city's history? Some heroes have capes . . . Katie has cats!

30 review for Katie the Catsitter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    It must be so comforting to be a comic loving kid these days. I remember just ten years ago when I ran a children’s book club and one of the kids would come in every week, eyes brimming with hope, asking if there were any new comics in that week. Nine times out of ten the answer was always, “Nope.” Of course there weren’t. Though Raina Telgemeier had come to prominence and Diary of a Wimpy Kid was already garnering fans, neither had hit the apex of their popularity quite yet. As a long time comi It must be so comforting to be a comic loving kid these days. I remember just ten years ago when I ran a children’s book club and one of the kids would come in every week, eyes brimming with hope, asking if there were any new comics in that week. Nine times out of ten the answer was always, “Nope.” Of course there weren’t. Though Raina Telgemeier had come to prominence and Diary of a Wimpy Kid was already garnering fans, neither had hit the apex of their popularity quite yet. As a long time comics fan, I would seek out whatever graphic novels I could find for my children’s room, but somehow it just was never enough. The curse of the comic is that it can take an inordinate amount of time to make, and almost no time at all to read. But today? At long last, publishers of children’s books have gotten the message. They try to glut the market with offerings and fail because the market for comics is un-gluttable. Even so, there’s a lot of whey to separate from the curds, and for every 15 comics I see, maybe one will be memorable. Katie the Catsitter? Color that one of the few. Created by the crackerjack team of Venable and Yue, this daring duo introduces the world to small, furry New York City superheroes and the catsitter that gets caught up in the action. What’s worse than not being able to afford summer camp? Watching your friends go instead. Katie is sad beyond words when her best friend Bethany is heading out for the summer while she’s stuck home in NYC. Determined to do something about it, Katie decides to advertise her skills at odd jobs (for a price) in her apartment complex so as earn money for at least a week of camp. Most of her hires don’t go well until nice Ms. Lang in Apartment 5B hires Katie for $30 an hour to watch her cats. A dream job? Maybe. Until you realize Ms. Lang owns 217 cats and that they all are mad geniuses at something. But Katie’s good with cats, even couch-stealing, jet engine shopping, pizza loving cats. It isn’t until she starts paying attention that Katie begins to suspect that there’s more to Ms. Lang than initially meets the eye. And it may explain why she secretly goes out every night . . . Remember when I was telling you about that kid in my book group that kept asking for new children’s books a decade ago? You know that I was able to hand them? Hamster and Cheese, an adorable early comic series about a guinea pig in a pet store who becomes a P.I. Who created said adorable early comic series? That would be none other than the highly talented and immoderately modest Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue, of course! Even back in 2010 you knew you were in the presence of some pretty keen talent. I mean, no one makes oblique Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH references in their comics (“The lee of the stone!”) without charming at least a few parents and librarians. From that moment, Venable & Yue realized they made a good team. Venable keeps the jokes coming on a regular basis, but strategizes when and where those jokes should go. Yue, meanwhile, has a gift for sight gags that serves her well. Together, this full-color beauty does a stand up and cheer job of doling out the action and the emotional beats in perfect syncopation. This book hits its jokes hard and with pinpoint accuracy, which is a treat, but the treatment of the more serious elements is a bit more touch and go. The animal rights aspect to the story is necessary for the plot, but this book isn’t trying to convert anyone. Less effective, to my mind, was Katie’s freakout when her friend writes a late postcard and signs it “Beth” instead of “Bethany”. You get the necessity of the freakout in terms of the emotional arc of the story, but it didn’t feel earned. There was one particular aspect of Katie the Catsitter that worked far better for me. The book has a more honest and open approach to economic injustice that I usually see in titles like this. At one point, Katie and her mom have been saving up money for at least a week of camp, but when they check the price they see that without the early bird discount it carries the hefty price tag of $3,500 a week. That may strike some folks around the country as high, but for a NYC kid in 2021, it's refreshingly honest. So often, books fudge the costs of things when they say that they’re expensive. Venable prefers to deal in straight numbers. Ms. Lang pays Katie $30 an hour for 6 hours a night, which may inspire some kids to do the math to figure out how often Katie will need to catsit to hit her funding goal. And I didn’t find Katie’s dilemma peculiar at all. In New York City, kids of different economic strata often become friends. But when push comes to shove and summer camp calls, those financial differences are brought glaringly into the light. A word or two on the art. Yue’s style complements Venable’s tone to a tee. It’s reminiscent of Raina Telgemeier’s or Lucy Knisley’s but distinctive in its own right. Plus, and I cannot stress this enough, Yue appears to go the extra mile. I mean, there are 201 legible cats and their special skills drawn AND named at the end of this book. Considering that Ms. Lang has 217 cats in total, I half wondered as I counted whether or not Venable & Yue would go over the count. Staring at these names and cats yields some nice surprises too. My own personal favorites include Tesla, whose special skill is “giving ideas away” and Mr. Aaron Purr Sir who is good at “duels”. I’m still working out the logistics behind Paw Simon’s talent as “splitting up team” and whether or not Izzy (“comedy historian”) is an Eddie Izzard reference. I also suspect that there may be some cat cameos from friend and family cats making their way onto those sheets, to say nothing of the occasional agent. I mean, how could you resist? 201 cats don't write and draw themselves! Read a lot of comics for kids and you begin to get really picky. You start relying on instincts alone to rustle up the comics that will get kids the most excited. So there’s no exact reason why I like Katie the Catsitter better than a lot of other comics on the market. It just happens to have that combination of humor, humanity, and darn good art that makes magic. For the superhero fans, the Telgemeier fans, the fans of the funny, and the kids that will devour any comic that falls within their grasp. So, y’know. Everyone. For ages 7-12

  2. 5 out of 5

    Allisa White

    Oh my gosh this was so cute and so much fun! Cat lovers will definitely enjoy this one 😂 full review to come!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Espinosa

    To be honest, I was not sure what to expect from this book. I was cautiously optimistic it would be interesting and 2nd-4th grade appropriate. I was pleasantly surprised. This book was so fun and packed with strong female characters. The theme of animal protection is great for Elementary students. I struggle with Graphic Novels in our school library. So often, the subject matter is too advanced for the language used and I end up with a Graphic Novel too advanced for Elementary and too boring for To be honest, I was not sure what to expect from this book. I was cautiously optimistic it would be interesting and 2nd-4th grade appropriate. I was pleasantly surprised. This book was so fun and packed with strong female characters. The theme of animal protection is great for Elementary students. I struggle with Graphic Novels in our school library. So often, the subject matter is too advanced for the language used and I end up with a Graphic Novel too advanced for Elementary and too boring for Middle School. This book is the solution to this problem. The subject matter and language line up perfectly. The graphics are very Elementary School appropriate. I will be happy to add this book to our library and will recommend it to my 2nd-5th Graders. I can also see Middle School students who are passionate about Graphic Novels enjoying this book. I love the Main characters are all Female. They all feel extremely organic and not contrived. There are flaws in the main character (Katie). Like any great mentor, Madeline sees through these flaws and guides Katie to become a better version of herself. In my opinion, that is the value in this book. At the same time, this theme is not forced on the reader. It is laid out in a way that washes over the reader and carries through the story. This relationship also sets up the plot of a sequel nicely. I will purchase this book for our school library. I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy. The opinions expressed in this review are all mine. #netgalley #katiethecatsitter

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    Katie is trying to find a way to earn money so she can join her two best friends for at least one week of camp this summer. So far, she's learned that the older gentleman in her apartment is crazy fit and she's a wimp at carrying groceries. She is better at killing plants than watering them. And she's not so gifted in the cleaning department either. When her upstairs neighbor Ms. Lang hears that Katie is trying to earn money for camp, she offers her a catsitting gig. Every night Katie goes and s Katie is trying to find a way to earn money so she can join her two best friends for at least one week of camp this summer. So far, she's learned that the older gentleman in her apartment is crazy fit and she's a wimp at carrying groceries. She is better at killing plants than watering them. And she's not so gifted in the cleaning department either. When her upstairs neighbor Ms. Lang hears that Katie is trying to earn money for camp, she offers her a catsitting gig. Every night Katie goes and spends a few hours with Ms. Lang's 217 (!) cats and tries to survive the experience. These cats are insane! But rather than give up, Katie is determined to beat these felines at their own game and win this battle of wits. But what is going on with the superheroes in the city? And why does Ms. Lang happen to be gone every night the villain Mousetress strikes? And why has her best friend stopped writing her as frequently from camp? This was HILARIOUS. Ms. Venable has an amazing gift with words, and knowing just how to turn a phrase for maximum comedic power. I want to sit down and re-read this right now just to enjoy her witty wording. I also love the story. The crazy cats with mad skills they should most definitely NOT have. The curious supers in the city. Katie's building full of characters. Katie and her mom's trip to a wax museum which just may scar her mom for life (so funny!). This was loads of fun and I think I may need to buy 3 more copies to satisfy the incredible demand this is going to have among readers at our school. Highly recommended for graphic novel fans, cat lovers, superhero fans, and anyone looking for a good laugh. Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. Some animal abuse cases are brought up.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Katie wants to go to summer camp with her friends. Katie doesn't have the money to go to summer camp with her friends. Katie has to earn money to go to summer camp with her friends. Sounds like a typical middle grade story. Yawn? Nope, not at all. Because Katie become a cat sitter for a neighbor who owns 217 cats. She had taught her cats to use the human toilet. She has taught her cats to use the computers. She had taught her cats to sew. She had taught her cats to do all manner of things. Oh, and Ka Katie wants to go to summer camp with her friends. Katie doesn't have the money to go to summer camp with her friends. Katie has to earn money to go to summer camp with her friends. Sounds like a typical middle grade story. Yawn? Nope, not at all. Because Katie become a cat sitter for a neighbor who owns 217 cats. She had taught her cats to use the human toilet. She has taught her cats to use the computers. She had taught her cats to sew. She had taught her cats to do all manner of things. Oh, and Katie's neighbor goes out and night, and does something. Meanwhile, there is a super villain on the loose that is causing the Screech Owl, the local super hero, all manner of problems? And yes, Katie has ignored the super hero and his antics for the most part, but something is oddly familiar about the super villain. This is a delightful take on what otherwise might just a story about friendship and growing apart when kids go to away to camp. I love how in this version of reality that it is perfectly normal to have super heroes, who are concerned about their yelp raitings. And this is apparently the first in a series. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received an eARC courtesy of Random House Books for Young Readers & NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Yikes! I did not actually expect to enjoy this book so much, but I adore it! My initial thoughts are these: Ms. Sistine is kind of not-a-great teacher & I need to know more about Dr. Claw.... Fans of Telgemeier, Chmakova, and Hale are going to flip for this one. I would go so far to say that fans of the DC Superhero Girls will find some parts of this that they love as well. I think it I received an eARC courtesy of Random House Books for Young Readers & NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Yikes! I did not actually expect to enjoy this book so much, but I adore it! My initial thoughts are these: Ms. Sistine is kind of not-a-great teacher & I need to know more about Dr. Claw.... Fans of Telgemeier, Chmakova, and Hale are going to flip for this one. I would go so far to say that fans of the DC Superhero Girls will find some parts of this that they love as well. I think it has a very interesting blending of superhero meets real world. Distance forming in a friendship, growing up, possibly evil cats-what's not to love? For Libraries: Take a chance on this one! It is so cute.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Netgalley Katie lives in an apartment building with her mother, who frequently has to work. In order to earn money to join her friend at an expensive summer camp, Katie puts up a flyer advertising her services for many kinds of jobs-- babysitting, plant sitting, carrying groceries, etc. She doesn't have much luck with the jobs, some of which end more disastrously than others. When Ms. Lang sees her interacting with the store cat at a convenience store Katie frequents, she hires E ARC provided by Netgalley Katie lives in an apartment building with her mother, who frequently has to work. In order to earn money to join her friend at an expensive summer camp, Katie puts up a flyer advertising her services for many kinds of jobs-- babysitting, plant sitting, carrying groceries, etc. She doesn't have much luck with the jobs, some of which end more disastrously than others. When Ms. Lang sees her interacting with the store cat at a convenience store Katie frequents, she hires Katie to cat sit in the evening until midnight. The catch-- there are over 200 cats. They are all super interested in a variety of things but wreak havoc every night, managing to repair all of the damage to the apartment before Ms. Lang returns home at the stroke of midnight, even if it involves repeatedly stealing couches belonging to the building busy body. The New York City in which Katie lives has a variety of super heroes, including the confusing Owl Guy, but also Mousetress, who is a supervillain. As she spends more time with the cats in Ms. Lang's apartment, Katie starts to suspect that her employer is, in fact, Mousetress. When Mousetress is imprisoned, can Katie find out the real reason behind her arrest, and save the day with the help of the cats? Strengths: While fantasy graphic novels don't always do well in my library, this book has two things that make it very appealing: colorful illustrations of the Telgemeier/Jamieson school, and CATS. I am always a fan of books that involve tweens trying to make money or follow interests, so I enjoyed watching Katie try her hand at some money making endeavors. I loved that she watched the cats in the evening; I had a babysitting job in the 6th grade that went from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. because the mother was a nurse. The super hero story is very appealing as well, and the mystery about who was good and who was evil will appeal to tweens. Including friend drama always works well in middle grade books. Weaknesses: Because there are a lot of DC and Marvel comic book characters and I am not too well versed in these, I'm never sure if books are based on these characters or if they are just completely new stories. Primer was a good example of a book I wasn't sure about, although Squirrel Girl, against all odds, is a Marvel character. What I really think: I will purchase this one, and it looks to be a series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    I was a little disappointed in this one at first, as I was expecting a somewhat realistic tale of a girl's adventures as a pet sitter. Instead I got a lot of superheroes and supervillains, and cats who can use computers. But . . . the likable characters, combined with Stephanie Yue's wonderful artwork, won me over. It all adds up to another great girl-oriented graphic novel that I suspect the kids at the library will adore. I was a little disappointed in this one at first, as I was expecting a somewhat realistic tale of a girl's adventures as a pet sitter. Instead I got a lot of superheroes and supervillains, and cats who can use computers. But . . . the likable characters, combined with Stephanie Yue's wonderful artwork, won me over. It all adds up to another great girl-oriented graphic novel that I suspect the kids at the library will adore.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    One of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read! Lasagna and Pierogi are tied for my favorite cat… But tied-first-place isn’t bad out of 217 (218?) cats!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christy Broderick

    Cute storyline for cat and superhero lovers everywhere! 🐱 Thanks again to NetGalley and Random House Books for Young Readers for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for feedback. This story is about a young girl, Katie, who is trying to save up money to go to camp with her friends. She looks for odd jobs around her, she ends up cat sitting for a neighbor. There are superheroes and supervillains in this world, which makes it a cool storyline in the book. The cats that Katie ends up watching Cute storyline for cat and superhero lovers everywhere! 🐱 Thanks again to NetGalley and Random House Books for Young Readers for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for feedback. This story is about a young girl, Katie, who is trying to save up money to go to camp with her friends. She looks for odd jobs around her, she ends up cat sitting for a neighbor. There are superheroes and supervillains in this world, which makes it a cool storyline in the book. The cats that Katie ends up watching are hilarious and mischievous, each with their own special set of skills (there’s 217 of them that Katie has to keep track of). What Katie doesn’t know is what the owner of the cats does while Katie is there watching the cats...is there something evil going on or is Katie just imagining things? The owner can’t be city’s notorious villain! This story kept me wanting to know more and I’m so happy to see there will be a sequel!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Madelyn Hastings

    Adorable and entertaining :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Hillis

    This was perfection. A female superhero. Lots of cool cats. Saving animals. And making new friends!

  13. 5 out of 5

    talia

    Katie starts her summer break focused on a single mission: saving up for sleepaway camp. When her first few efforts don't work out, Katie takes a job working for her neighbor, a glamorous woman whose apartment is overrun with 217 felines. How difficult could a little bit of catsitting possibly be? In Katie's city of superheroes, supervillains, and maybe even super-cats...it could be VERY difficult indeed. Cat lovers of all ages will adore this fast-paced, laugh-out-loud graphic novel. Katie starts her summer break focused on a single mission: saving up for sleepaway camp. When her first few efforts don't work out, Katie takes a job working for her neighbor, a glamorous woman whose apartment is overrun with 217 felines. How difficult could a little bit of catsitting possibly be? In Katie's city of superheroes, supervillains, and maybe even super-cats...it could be VERY difficult indeed. Cat lovers of all ages will adore this fast-paced, laugh-out-loud graphic novel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Katie the Catsitter is an adorable, sweet, humorous adventure tale filled with lots of heart too. When Katie can't afford go away to summer camp with her best friend, she ends up trying to pick up odd jobs around her apartment building to fund it. Suddenly, she finds herself taking care of her neighbor's very skilled 217! cats. This is geared to be more middle grade, but would be perfectly suitable for 3rd grade and up! I loved that this was a realistic superhero/villain graphic novel with impor Katie the Catsitter is an adorable, sweet, humorous adventure tale filled with lots of heart too. When Katie can't afford go away to summer camp with her best friend, she ends up trying to pick up odd jobs around her apartment building to fund it. Suddenly, she finds herself taking care of her neighbor's very skilled 217! cats. This is geared to be more middle grade, but would be perfectly suitable for 3rd grade and up! I loved that this was a realistic superhero/villain graphic novel with important themes like friendship and animal rights included. I'm always a fan of a graphic novel with a great message/plot AND equally pleasing and enticing illustrations, and Katie the Catsitter delivers! I cannot wait to purchase this for my school library!

  15. 5 out of 5

    momreadsbooksinbtwn

    For lovers of Graphic Novels, Superheroes, and Cats! The cover and the title of this book is what totally caught my attention. Graphic novel, cats, and superheroes, awesome! I have to admit that you had me at cats. I think this middle grade book is perfect for those girls that are right at that tween/teen age, trying to find their way with changing friendships and figuring out their place in the world. It’s summer and Katie’s best friends are going to a sleep away camp, unfortunately Katie cannot For lovers of Graphic Novels, Superheroes, and Cats! The cover and the title of this book is what totally caught my attention. Graphic novel, cats, and superheroes, awesome! I have to admit that you had me at cats. I think this middle grade book is perfect for those girls that are right at that tween/teen age, trying to find their way with changing friendships and figuring out their place in the world. It’s summer and Katie’s best friends are going to a sleep away camp, unfortunately Katie cannot afford to go. So she tries out various jobs (unsuccessfully), to raise money to meet her friends at camp. After giving up, her mysterious neighbor, Ms. Lang, offers an interesting opportunity. Katie finds out that the Ms. Lang works nights, like her mother, and needs help cat sitting her 217 cats. YES, 217 CATS! And they are not ordinary cats, they can use a computer (to order pizza), work a tv remote to watch movies, and even sew! Hilarious! Katie becomes suspicious of Ms. Lang’s line of work, and thinks she might be the Supervillain the Mousetress. The storyline is super cute and also subtly weaves in some life lessons. The illustrations are amazing and would definitely keep any young middle grader intrigued. I can see my 13yo, who is not quite ready for the yucky romance novels, who thinks boys are gross, and loves to watch Marvel movies with her bff, totally loving this book. I have provided this honest review in exchange for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and Random House Kids.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Binxie

    This just didn't grab me in the least. Loved the idea and the cover, but I really didn't like this very much. I liked the style of the illustrations, but the story was a complete disappointment. This just didn't grab me in the least. Loved the idea and the cover, but I really didn't like this very much. I liked the style of the illustrations, but the story was a complete disappointment.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

    Katie wants to earn money to go to summer camp, so she becomes a catsitter . . . for 217 cats . . . all with special/possibly villainous skill sets.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christina Morland

    Fun middle-grade graphic novel that my daughter, a cat-lover, insisted I read. She loved the humor and the many cat names; I loved sharing the book with her.

  19. 4 out of 5

    The Keepers of the Books

    Living in New York City, 12-year-old, Katie, longs to attend summer camp with her friends, but her single mom cannot afford it. Worried her summer will be boring without her friends, Katie takes a job sitting cats for $30 per hour in hopes of earning her own way. But Ms. Lang’s 217 cats are just plain evil. They tear the place apart every night, order pizzas, steal furniture, hack computers, pick locks, and much, much more. Meanwhile, a supervillain known as Mousetress is terrorizing the city. T Living in New York City, 12-year-old, Katie, longs to attend summer camp with her friends, but her single mom cannot afford it. Worried her summer will be boring without her friends, Katie takes a job sitting cats for $30 per hour in hopes of earning her own way. But Ms. Lang’s 217 cats are just plain evil. They tear the place apart every night, order pizzas, steal furniture, hack computers, pick locks, and much, much more. Meanwhile, a supervillain known as Mousetress is terrorizing the city. Their only hope is a self-absorbed superhero called Eastern Screech. The longer Katie works for Ms. Lang and her cats, the more she begins to suspect that Ms. Lang is really Mousetress. Could Katie be right? Will she find a way to stop Moustress? Will she earn enough money to go to summer camp with her friends? This graphic novel is hilarious and engaging with a fun plot. The characters are unique, well developed, and draw the readers in. The illustrations do a great job of bringing the story to life and work well with the text. The main character’s expressions really draw the reader into the story and bring her emotions to life. Fans of humor, superheroes, and a bit of mystery will enjoy reading this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Totally delightful. There's nuance in both the superhero storyline and Katie's arc -- I love the relatable anguish of her evolving best-friendship, set in this alternate NYC where superheroes get Yelp reviews and supervillains are tracked in a publicly-available database. The characters are interesting and diverse, down to the "extras" who wander each page. There's so much to discover and enjoy in the gorgeously colored illustrations, which greatly enrich the world and the characters. Many panel Totally delightful. There's nuance in both the superhero storyline and Katie's arc -- I love the relatable anguish of her evolving best-friendship, set in this alternate NYC where superheroes get Yelp reviews and supervillains are tracked in a publicly-available database. The characters are interesting and diverse, down to the "extras" who wander each page. There's so much to discover and enjoy in the gorgeously colored illustrations, which greatly enrich the world and the characters. Many panels made me laugh out loud. The whole book is hilarious, heartwarming, poignant, and worth rereading. I can't wait for the next installment! Full disclosure: I'm a friend of Stephanie Yue, the illustrator -- our late kitty Lyapa is in the story :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    Superheroes! Cats (217 to be exact)! And summer camp!? Really, could there be a better middle grade graphic novel? It's a book about friendship, animal rights, and what a hero really looks like. Colleen does such a great job of mixing her silly nature with the reality of being a kid--change is hard. But, standing up for others (animals too!) is what makes Colleen and Katie the best of people. Here's a little insider info: Nox likes face scratches (cheeks and chin) almost as much as being the robo Superheroes! Cats (217 to be exact)! And summer camp!? Really, could there be a better middle grade graphic novel? It's a book about friendship, animal rights, and what a hero really looks like. Colleen does such a great job of mixing her silly nature with the reality of being a kid--change is hard. But, standing up for others (animals too!) is what makes Colleen and Katie the best of people. Here's a little insider info: Nox likes face scratches (cheeks and chin) almost as much as being the robotics expert in this new series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    DeAnne

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I was initially sucked in just from the description because it mentioned lots of cats, but I loved this! The surface layer of the story is a superhero/supervillain story, but beyond that it is a story about things that happen when a friendship starts to become distant and fade away. All of us have gone through it at some point, but an often time it does happen is in those transition years between middle school and high school. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I was initially sucked in just from the description because it mentioned lots of cats, but I loved this! The surface layer of the story is a superhero/supervillain story, but beyond that it is a story about things that happen when a friendship starts to become distant and fade away. All of us have gone through it at some point, but an often time it does happen is in those transition years between middle school and high school. It isn't just a story about Katie catsitting and finding out things about the superheroes and villians in her city, it's also somewhat about her figuring out what trajectory her life is going to take and who she's going to spend time with. I loved so many things about it and have to point out the details and personalities that went into all of the cats. I'm not going to say much more because spoilers, but I adored it! The art also was a shining part of this book, with a muted palette that perfectly suited the mood.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Dang

    Looking for a summer job.... filled with cats and a super hero/villain shenanigans? Well here we are! This fun and quirky adventure follows a girl named Katie who is hoping to raise money to fund her trip to camp. Trying out for all sorts of job she finally lands a gig as a catsitter for her mysterious upstairs neighbor. Heres where things get weird, she’s catsitting around 200 cats and these are definitely not normal cats! Filled with fun mischief and adventure, the story is a great and fun rea Looking for a summer job.... filled with cats and a super hero/villain shenanigans? Well here we are! This fun and quirky adventure follows a girl named Katie who is hoping to raise money to fund her trip to camp. Trying out for all sorts of job she finally lands a gig as a catsitter for her mysterious upstairs neighbor. Heres where things get weird, she’s catsitting around 200 cats and these are definitely not normal cats! Filled with fun mischief and adventure, the story is a great and fun read! Definitely would recommend it for middle grade readers ( especially for any cat lovers out there!). The artwork is adorable and this graphic novel is just a all around great read! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! *Thanks Netgalley and Random House Children's for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bexa

    Katie is the only child of a single mom and spends a lot of time entertaining herself. When school ends and her best friends go off to summer camp, Katie just wants to join them too. Unfortunately she doesn't have any money, and neither does her mom. She tries to get herself hired out to people in her apartment building, but soon realizes that she's not as qualified as she thinks. Until Ms. Lang hires her nightly to watch her cats. All her cats. All 217 of them. Which shouldn't be a problem righ Katie is the only child of a single mom and spends a lot of time entertaining herself. When school ends and her best friends go off to summer camp, Katie just wants to join them too. Unfortunately she doesn't have any money, and neither does her mom. She tries to get herself hired out to people in her apartment building, but soon realizes that she's not as qualified as she thinks. Until Ms. Lang hires her nightly to watch her cats. All her cats. All 217 of them. Which shouldn't be a problem right? Until Katie realizes that these cats have some very special talents, and so does their owner. In a world where there are superheroes and villains, Katie has to determine who's on which side and whose side it right, all while taking care of 217 cats and saving money for camp. With bright, colorful pictures, and lots of entertainment, this is a great graphic novel for any middle schooler.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Katie is determined to do whatever jobs she can to raise money and join her friends at summer camp-- and somehow finds herself watching her upstairs neighbor's cats. All 217 of them. The mysterious Ms. Madeline Lang insists they are all well behaved and pays Katie handsomely for her time... but when The Mousetress is away, the cats will play, and their hobbies are surprisingly human. To put it simply, Katie is in way over her head! This is the first in a new graphic novel series, and it's equall Katie is determined to do whatever jobs she can to raise money and join her friends at summer camp-- and somehow finds herself watching her upstairs neighbor's cats. All 217 of them. The mysterious Ms. Madeline Lang insists they are all well behaved and pays Katie handsomely for her time... but when The Mousetress is away, the cats will play, and their hobbies are surprisingly human. To put it simply, Katie is in way over her head! This is the first in a new graphic novel series, and it's equally adorable and hilarious. There were plenty of times I laughed out loud! Feline fanatics of all ages will purr over this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey

    I was not expecting how awesome this comic was. Katie is a normal teen who happens to be good with cats. Her friends are all going to summer camp, but with a single mom and no extra cash, Katie takes up cat sitting for a neighbor to earn her own way to camp. Tables turn hilariously when her neighbor doesn't have just one cat, but 217 cats! Also, there are super villains and heroes battling in Katie's city, as if her summer wasn't already chock full of adventure. Read Katie the Catsitter and enjo I was not expecting how awesome this comic was. Katie is a normal teen who happens to be good with cats. Her friends are all going to summer camp, but with a single mom and no extra cash, Katie takes up cat sitting for a neighbor to earn her own way to camp. Tables turn hilariously when her neighbor doesn't have just one cat, but 217 cats! Also, there are super villains and heroes battling in Katie's city, as if her summer wasn't already chock full of adventure. Read Katie the Catsitter and enjoy some amazing artwork and a super fun story that we could all use right now! I look forward to more.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephie

    So basically this had me laughing so much! I loved loved loved this graphic novel! It goes without saying the CATS were my fav!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Sixth grader Katie Spera would dearly love to attend summer camp where her friends Bethany and Jess are spending several weeks. Katie's never been away from the city (New York) and her friends make camping sound so attractive, but she doesn't have the funds to go. Although it isn't the idea of camp that is so appealing, Katie wants to be with her friends and share their experiences. She comes up with a plan to earn money by doing chores for her the neighbors in her apartment building. This doesn Sixth grader Katie Spera would dearly love to attend summer camp where her friends Bethany and Jess are spending several weeks. Katie's never been away from the city (New York) and her friends make camping sound so attractive, but she doesn't have the funds to go. Although it isn't the idea of camp that is so appealing, Katie wants to be with her friends and share their experiences. She comes up with a plan to earn money by doing chores for her the neighbors in her apartment building. This doesn't work out until one of them, Ms. Lang, notices how she gets along with Scratch-Off, a feisty feline in the nearby bodega. As it turns out, Ms. Lang has 217 cats--yes, 217--and each of them has a different personality and special ability. While Ms. Lang is out of the apartment, those cats go wild and give Katie a run for her money. Katie becomes suspicious that Ms. Lang is the Mousetress and might be up to some sort of mischief on her outings. When she gets in trouble with the law, it's up to Katie and all those cats to come to her rescue. This is a wonderfully endearing graphic novel, especially for those of us who love cats but also for the insight it gives into middle grade friendships. Through the postcards sent from camp, Katie watches as her friend Bethany changes into Beth and someone she no longer recognizes--and she also realizes that she isn't all that interested in going to camp, after all. She has other interests and uses for her money. I'll be eager to see what happens next with this intrepid catsitter. This one touched my heart but also made me smile quite a lot. Readers will want to check out the thumbnail sketches of each cat in the back matter since each cat is profiled there.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    Katie’s friends are heading away to sleepover camp for the summer but Katie and her mother can’t afford for her to attend. When Katie discovers that she can go for just one week, she creates a plan to earn money in their apartment building. Unfortunately, she kills houseplants, isn’t strong enough to lug groceries up the stairs, and cleaning is a bust too. But when a neighbor discovers that Katie has a way with cats, she asks her to cat sit her 217 cats, who luckily are trained to use the bathro Katie’s friends are heading away to sleepover camp for the summer but Katie and her mother can’t afford for her to attend. When Katie discovers that she can go for just one week, she creates a plan to earn money in their apartment building. Unfortunately, she kills houseplants, isn’t strong enough to lug groceries up the stairs, and cleaning is a bust too. But when a neighbor discovers that Katie has a way with cats, she asks her to cat sit her 217 cats, who luckily are trained to use the bathroom rather than litterboxes. Very quickly, Katie realizes that these are not normal cats. They use the computer, 3D print things, order pizzas, and destroy the apartment. Just when Katie is about to lose yet another job, the cats come together and repair the apartment before their owner returns. As she continues to cat sit, Katie starts to believe that the owner just might be the infamous burglar who has been roaming the city despite the local superheroes searching for her. This middle-grade graphic novel is purr-fect feline fun. Set in an urban area filled with less-than-super heroes and crafty villains, Katie’s life is rather mundane. She goes to school, spends time with her single mother, and looks forward to postcards from her best friend. That all changes when she starts cat-sitting and the fascinating cats take over her life. Their naughty evil natures as well as their technology skills make for an unusual job. The art and words work well together, creating a world primarily set in the single building and the surrounding neighborhood. Full of expressive characters, dynamic cats and strange superheroes, the book is funny and has just the right amount of quirkiness. A great book for cat lovers and babysitters alike. Appropriate for ages 9-12.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amber Wessies

    Katie the Catsitter is more than just a typical superhero graphic novel. Venable incorporate friendship, mystery, entrepreneurship, and lots of cats, 218 to be exact. In the novel, readers are introduced to Katie, a twelve year old girl living in NYC. All Katie wants is to go to summer camp with her friends, but she can't afford it. She hatches a plan to do odds and end jobs. These do not turn out so well, that is until she starts cat sitting for Ms. Lang. Readers follow Katie as she develops a Katie the Catsitter is more than just a typical superhero graphic novel. Venable incorporate friendship, mystery, entrepreneurship, and lots of cats, 218 to be exact. In the novel, readers are introduced to Katie, a twelve year old girl living in NYC. All Katie wants is to go to summer camp with her friends, but she can't afford it. She hatches a plan to do odds and end jobs. These do not turn out so well, that is until she starts cat sitting for Ms. Lang. Readers follow Katie as she develops a relationship with Ms. Lang's 217 cats and discovers what is most important. Katie believes Ms. Yang may be the city's villain, The Mousetress, but struggles with the idea that Ms. Lang could never be a villain. Katie will soon learn not everything is as it seems. Not only is this novel fun to read, young girls will connect to the humanness of Katie. Her thought processes match those of a typical preteen. She also desires what we all desire love and friendship. Venable and Yue excellently portray the different personalities of Ms. Lang's cats giving them some super-hero skills. Each cat and human character have their own personality coming through both through speaking and drawn actions. Overall, this light-hearted, fun, and funny read will be a plus for a library. I would recommend this to graphic novel fans, young reluctant readers, and cat lovers alike.

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