Author/Artist: Norman Shurtliff
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Released: February 14, 2023
Throw cats into a graphic novel, and you know I will read it. Just sayin’. Skull Cat: Skull Cat and the Curious Castle is a short and sweet graphic novel created by Norman Shurtliff. It’s set in a fantastical world where vampires, monsters, and ghosts exist – as do talking cats. Naturally.
Scully the Cat is a sweet little boy (cat) trying to take care of his family. If he comes across an adventure worth bragging about, that’s all the better. He wants to become a hero someday, but for now, he’ll settle for being a gardener.
Why a gardener? That’s the job currently available to him, though the garden in question is set around a creepy castle that may or may not have a dark sorcerer trapped somewhere in the depths. Or so the legend goes.
The best part about Skull Cat: Skull Cat and the Curious Castle (other than our kitty protagonist) is that this story is perfect for any age. It’s not so spooky as to frighten young ones, but it is also not childish, making it a fun read for teens and adults. Basically, if you like magic, cats, and adventures, you’ll probably enjoy Skull Cat.
The artwork is another highlight of this graphic novel. Shurtliff uses purples and blues to provide shadow without eliminating a sense of color. And the characters are so stinking cute! Even the ones that have no right to be. I’m in love.
Thanks to Top Shelf Productions and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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