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Recently Graphic Universe introduced a likable French series about a likable kitten. Now it has produced some very likable reviews.
So before I focus on all the other GU Spring titles I’d be remiss not to cats you up on Miss Annie (Freedom! and Rooftop Cat) by Frank Le Gall and illustrated by Flore Balthazar.
Even though Miss Annie—a tale about a kitten with disarmingly mischievous ways—has not cat-apulted to the top in sales it has seen a cool cat-like, steady increase. To call Miss Annie books “bestsellers” would be a slight overstatement, but reviewers have weighed in, and their sentiments have been really paw-sitive.
Kirkus didn’t pussyfoot around when it called Miss Annie “a charming balance of cartoon and natural kitty-ness…”
SLJ purrs, “She might be small, but she is full of personality and it shines through in the stories as well as in the colorful illustrations…”
And it’s the cat’s meow for Publishers Weekly who says, “with a charming sensibility and lovely art in the vein of adult bandes desinées like The Rabbi’s Cat, this gentle story of discovery is kept lively with Annie’s antics, interior dialogue, and interactions with the creatures, human and otherwise, in her neighborhood.”
In fact, I have yet to find a single sourpuss review. This should have us feline really good.
And that’s fan-CAT-stic!
We’re all doing a little jig at the Graphic Universe office! The Ferret’s a Foot, the third book in the Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series, has been nominated for an Eisner Award! Colleen Venable and Stephanie Yue’s book shares the spotlight with five other stellar titles in the category of “Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)”.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Eisner Awards, you might be curious as to why we’re so excited. After all, Graphic Universe books have been nominated for (and won) plenty of awards. But in comics, the Eisners are THE awards. Or, as Colleen put it, “the BIGGEST award in comics, think Oscars sans Joan Rivers.” It is named after one comics’ premiere “founding fathers” and early scholar, Will Eisner. Nominations are made by a select panel of industry professionals. Ceators, editors, publishers, and retailers cast their votes, and the awards ceremony is held annually at Comic-Con International (America’s biggest comics convention). So, when we say it’s an honor to be nominated, we’re not whistling Dixie!
Congrats, Colleen and Stephanie! Bring home the gold this July!