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QUICK NOTE...Update: 9/7/19

First of all, my heart goes out to all those affected by the recent heinous weather outbreaks, most recently being Hurricane Dorian. We were right in the path of Hurricane Michael (like so many others), and we're still trying to get back in our home. Things are very slow to progress towards normalcy...and every day presents a new headache/nightmare to deal with. Hopefully by month's end, we'll be back in there to start the next leg of recovery. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Let loose your inner snark with... CATWAD by Jim Benton!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're shining the spotlight on a title that published March 2019 via Scholastic Inc and while geared towards the kiddos, it packs a SERIOUS amount of adult punniness into a delightfully funny package!  From cover to cover there is something to capture the mind and tickle the funny bone while still imparting messages of goodwill and kindness.  SO, if you're ready to meet and greet today's book of choice...let's shine that spotlight on...

Catwad, Book 1
by
Jim Benton
9781338326024
Scholastic

Seriously guys, this one was a random purchase from our local Target store one weekend when I was just browsing the aisles.  Suddenly, I peered to my right and my eyes couldn't believe...well, MY EYES!  There...in the book racks...was a face that only a mother could love...or perhaps a reader with a penchant for understanding that behind that curmudgeonly look would lie something TOTALLY AWESOME.  The author's name rang a bell, but why exactly, I couldn't be sure.  I reached, I touched, I flipped a page or two, and the rest is history because yes, it followed me home and didn't last the night.


Do you remember Happy Bunny?  You know, that sarcastic little bunny of joy that smiled through the worst of times and brought a chuckle to your day?  Yeah, that's from this guy, as is the Dear Dumb Diary series, Franky K. Stein series, and a plethora of other odds and ends.  Once the connection was made, the light bulb above my head shattered because I knew I made the right decision in grabbing this book.  Being the first in the series, we are introduced to Catwad and his seemingly constant companion, Blurmp.  If peas in a pod could be any different, these two are it.  Where Catwad finds the downside, Blurmp sees the sunny...and between these pages, we're discovering just how close of friends they are... *smirk...snort...giggle* ...and while yes, it is good for kiddos with the bright colors, humorous images, and simple story telling style, it suitably fits a much older audience as well!  Just try to keep a straight face as Blurmp tries to get Catwad to RELAX.  Attempt not to giggle as Blurmp breaks it down with his favorite playlist in OH YEAH.  See Halloween pumpkin carving in a new light after reading through JACK...and the list goes on and on!

So, if you like a side of snark with your humor, this is totally the book for you!  But seriously...if Catwad DARES you to do something, you might think twice about it before actually DOING it...




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About the author...


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©JimBenton - although not HIM exactly

Benton began his career in a custom design t-shirt shop where he started designing his own characters. At the same time, Jim did illustrations and artwork for magazines and newspapers. People magazine named him "the most visible cartoonist in America" .

Benton also created greeting cards and worked in the magazine and publishing industry. In 1998, his SpyDogs characters became an animated series, The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs, that aired on Fox Kids. Licensing his own creations brought them widespread attention on products, such as It's Happy Bunny, The Misters, Just Jimmy and more.

Benton currently lives in Michigan, where he operates out of his own studio.


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Special thanks to me, myself, and I for purchasing this one on the spot because seriously, it was SO MUCH FUN!  Book one is on sale now, and book two looks like it's set to drop September 2019 (egads!  Such a long wait!), so you've plenty of time to catch up with this fantastically fun duo...whether Catwad likes it or not!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


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