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Friday, December 14, 2018

Book Review: Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major, and Kelly Bastow (Illustrator)

Oh my god this book is so FRIGGIN cute! It's a graphic novel about a large cat named Steve who walks on his hind legs and lives in an apartment and works in a call center, and his tiny naked man pet named Manfried. (It's like having a cat named Kittycat.) You can see the jokes from the front cover where Manfried walks on Steve's computer keyboard and Steve shoves him off.

The storyline isn't terribly deep or complicated. Steve doesn't do much or have much to offer, except that he really loves his man (some of his coworkers make fun of his love for his man.) He takes care of a neighbor's man for a few days when she's out of town and the two mans don't get along. (Funnily, in this world, there are no women, all the pets are men. And when the men are "kittens," they're not actually baby humans, they're just younger adult men. Some unusual choices but just go with it. Don't overthink it. It's adorable.) Then Manfried runs away! Oh no! What will Steve do!?

My husband also read and loved this book. But halfway through he did need me to reassure him that the book would have a happy ending. It doesn't go exactly where you're expecting. And the ending is even better than I thought it would be. What a delightfully absurd world that Ms. Major has come up with! Loved it.

I checked this book out of the library.

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