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Katman

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Kit is a bored sixteen-year-old with nothing to do one summer when he starts feeding stray cats. He loves it when cool, artistic Jess helps him out, even though he has to endure constant taunting by her disaffected metalhead friends. They make fun of him for being like the local cat lady, but Kit doesn’t care—especially after Jess draws him an anime-style avatar named Katm ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks
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Anthony Amorelli
This book wasn't that great I got the impression that he was some sort if superhero by the cover artwork but after reading it all the kid did was feed stray cats the whole time so it was pretty boring but the artwork was kind if school so I'll give it that.
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Cybils nominee.

Summary: Kit is an inner-city kid. Everybody around him is someone, they all have labels. Hi brother is 'talented and gifted', his mom is the 'single mom' even his dad is the 'deadbeat dad'. He figures he's not anything. His brother argues with him all the time. He can't help but argue with his mom feeling like she just doesn't get him. Then there's a group of 4 outsider kids who taunt him daily and they can't even figure out what to label him, emo? loser? Kit
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Lars Guthrie
Kevin Pyle also authored the amazing ‘Blindspot.’ ‘Katman’ covers much of the same territory: a kid (albeit a bit older) growing up in a hardscrabble household, and becoming aware of himself and a bigger world. It also nods to other types of comics. In ‘Blindspot,’ it was vintage war comics; here it’s manga.

While ‘Katman’ doesn’t have quite the same impact as ‘Blindspot,’ Pyle still comes up with an impressive graphic novel. I love his style: loose, nearly crude at times, when depicting people,
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Maol Mhuire O'Duinnin
I like cats, so it wasn't hard to like this graphic novel. I took it from the library from the teen section even though I am 31...the teen section usually has the best graphic novels and comics.

The story follows Kit, a white teenager, in his hometown. He describes it in the first few pages with illustrations also by the author: "Yeah...This is where I live. It's called a 'low income' neighborhood. Which means we aren't exactly rolling in it." I appreciate Kit's awareness of the nature of his soc
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Abby
Nov 01, 2010 Abby rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix, teen
Kit, a bored fifteen-year-old growing up in a poor neighborhood, starts feeding the stray cats in his community and develops an unlikely friendship with Jess, a punk rocker who is obsessed with manga yet hangs out with a bunch of Hessians (a somewhat strange overlapping of teen subcultures there, but whatever). Jess starts drawing comics based on Kit's deeds, depicting him as a superhero named Katman. But the line between fiction and reality blurs when tragedy strikes and Kit and Jess have to ch ...more
Thomas matatall
I thought this book was fun to read. How he became a super hero by the end of the book. It was rude of his brother to kick him out of the house almost everyday. I feel like he could just go into a different room of something. I wouldn't stand for that. If I was him in his situation, seeing her empty body, I would call the police immediately. Hiding the body makes it look like a crime and I would just get too nervous. It has a good message in the end of the book so I would recommend it to all age ...more
Danny Young
Katman is an interesting story. The graphic novel follows Kit, a 15-year old loner growing up in relative poverty in a single-parent household. Kit takes to caring for all of the stray cats in his neighborhood, and he also meets Jess, a nice girl stuck in a group of heavy-metal bullies. And what unfolds is a story that explores themes of abandonment and community.

I really enjoy Pyle's style--there's a lot happening on each page, and while there is a lot to digest, his illustrative process reall
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CuriousLibrarian
I hate to give a bad review to a First Second property, but this book has very little going for it. The art is flat and unappealing, and failed to draw me in as a reader. That is also a fairly good description of the characters and plot as well.

The comic book/dream sequences are a little better. There is motion and panels to draw the eye and keep you reading. However, they seem to drop into the "real-world" plot out of nowhere and I was never completely sure if they were all meant to be the comi
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Jacki
This is the story of a boy who is told to go find something to care about, and does: a colony of stray cats.

The plot is simple and earnest, if a bit naive about the realities of animal rescue. The only well-developed character is the hero; the other teens in the book are caricatures of stereotypical metalhead teens and the stereotypical sensitive girl who fell in with the wrong crowd. The adults are quirky but in a gimmicky way, not in a fleshed-out way. While the message of the book is a worthy
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Brenna
With characters that are profoundly touching and a storyline that twists in ways you might not expect, Kevin C. Pyle's Katman is enormously enjoyable, with subtexts that remain open long after the graphic novel has been read. Though not especially challenging or unique, Katman presents a number of themes in an innovative manner without obsessively moralizing or resolving all conflicts with standard, pat solutions (although there are a few unfortumate examples of this).

Though flawed, Katman is a
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Lorraine
A wonderful story that targets serious identity issues and moral dilemmas that youth face today. The true-to-life pictorial of adolescent interaction allows the reader to identify with characters in the story. Could be an eye-opener for some or justification for others! A wonderful addition for the target audience! Thank you Goodreads First Reads for my free copy of Katman, a welcome addition as I currently work at an elementary/middle school and will be recommended it as reading material for th ...more
Wayne
This is about a boy named Kit who takes in stray cats. He's from a small family with a brother, single Mom and an unseen deadbeat Dad. A girl befriends him and helps him take care of the strays , much to the chagrin of her friends. The story was o.k., but the art really didn't do it for me. Maybe a good book to sell at the humane society, but not one I could really recommend.
Ethan Vinyard
I bought this new at dollar tree and was blown away by how good it was. The art and cover are very Harvey pekaresque and that is a big thing for me when it comes to comics , art style , but this was a surprise and a delight. If you come across this book pick it up it won't be expensive and it's a short read.
Jason
3 1/2 stars would be more accurate. Entertaining and heartfelt. Great setup, I didn't like the ending so much. I liked the idea of it as a slice-of-life kind of story, but it got caught up in melodrama a little too much. Still worth reading.
Patricia
A teen boy begins feeding stray cats, and develops a relationship with a punker girl artist who draws him as a superhero "Katman". When his neighbors start to complain about all the cats, he turns to an eccentric "cat lady" for help.
Candice M (tinylibrarian)
The art kind of stinks but the book itself was excellent. The plot was compelling and inspiring and the dialogue was realistic.
Katy M
Some crude stereotypes are used but the whole feel of the book is very nice. I liked the inclusion of Jainism.
Sarah
Surprisingly funny and endearing tale of a misfit finding his unique place in the world and in his family.
GRPLTeens Grand Rapids Public Library
while i was reading i thought is it better to care about something someone or nothing at all
Ian
a little inspirational book about being able to change your section of the world.
Dennis
well done. definitely worth reading.
Nancy
Aww . . . what a sweet book!
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