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Brina the Cat: The Gang of the Feline Sun

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Brina, a city cat, moved to the mountains with the owners for a summer holiday. Here she meets some stray cats who call themselves "The Gang of the Feline Sun". The new friends convince her to escape her owners and become a free cat. But while Brina enjoys her newfound freedom and all the new types of delectable bugs the countryside has to offer, her young owners are ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Papercutz
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Amina
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
It is all about humans - animals relationships, some won't let their cats out because they're afraid to lose them or them being hurt, something I did with my cat who lived with me for almost 12 years, he was well taken care of but he longed to go out. And some will let their cats go out because they want them to feel free, something I did with both my cats (now 2 years old) and ended up missing one of them for about 6 months now.

What happened to Brina can happen to any cat, and lots of people
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Ms. Yingling
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Brina and her owners are on vacation in an amazing home in the mountains. Brina wants to get outside, but when she is allowed out once, she gets distracted and runs away, finally being found in a pipe near the yard. Once this city cat has a taste of freedom and fresh air, she wants more. Egged on by Vespucci, a feral cat with a troubled past and a missing eye, Brina leaves her loving owners to run with the pack. Vespucci and the other cats are welcoming, but also get
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Annie
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley


Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Brina the Cat #1 is a fun graphic novel written by Giorgio Salati and illustrated by Christian Cornia featuring Brina the Cat's adventures in the countryside on holiday with her humans. Originally released in 2017 in Italy, this English translation, due out 14th Jan 2020 from Papercutz has 88 pages and will be available in hardcover and paperback formats.

This is a short and very sweet story about indoor cats and outdoor cats. Brina meets a gang
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Laura
Cute story of what happens when a city cat meets a group of wild strays, and wonders if life is better in the outdoors, rather than in the indoors. Sure, you get food inside, but look at all the grasshoppers and mice outside. What could possibly be better.

So Brina leaves her humans to see if life is better outside.

The story goes between Brina and her humans, who miss her very much, and wander the town, where they are on vacation, looking for her.

The translation is mostly well done, although
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Tasha
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In exchange of reading this book, I offer my honest review. I received a copy of this book from @NetGalley.

This is an adorable tale of two-year old cat, Brina, who goes on vacation with her human family. Born on a farm, she remembers her past while a kitten when she gazes outside. So when she finds the opportunity to go explore with the help of fellow cats in the area, she gets to live on the wild side again. While she tries to adjust to her new life, she learns some lessons about family,
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Mae
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 or 4 stars. This book was very cute. Sometimes it got a little cheesy or repetitive, but it is meant for middle grade kids. The art style is wonderful, as is the storyline. All of the adventures Brina goes on are entertaining and had me reading this in one sitting. A cute comic I think many different age groups would enjoy.
OjoAusana
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2019
*received for free from netgalley in order for honest review* Really cute little comic, love the art and characters, its a comic so story is short but imo good for kids learning to read.
CR
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute and adorable little story. The kids all read it and this is their review. We really enjoyed the artwork and the cats in this one. We think that kids of all ages (were 7, 8, 12) would love this one!!! It had a cute story and cute characters and we couldn't put it down.
Chloë Jans
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this story, we follow Brina, an adventurous cat, on a trip to the mountains on a summer holiday with her owners. There, she encounters Vespucci, a cat who tells her all about being free of your owners and exploring the world. Brina's remember her life as a kitten at the farm and after being locked into the summer house, she runs away. She joins the feline gang but secretly misses her owners and some of the orders of the clan don't sit well with her. This story showcases Brina's side of the ...more
Brandy {The Review Booth}
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Brina the Cat is a charming graphic novel about the misadventure of city cat Brina while she and her family are on summer vacation in the mountains. Her owners - Sam & Margaret decide to let Brina outside after her very vocal protestations of being left alone inside. While exploring nearby she happens to meet members of The Gang of the Feline Sun. The gang influences Brina into escaping her owners to become as they are - free cats. After Brina makes the decision to leave her comfort zone in ...more
Jennifer Fischer
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brina the Cat is a graphic novel about a house cat that goes on a vacation with her owners. Brina does not like being cooped up in the house while her owners spend their days outdoors and eventually her owners decide to give her a bit of freedom. Brina wanders off where she meets a gang of free cats that try to convince her to join them. Brina hesitates, but once she faces consequences for wandering off, she decides that being a free cat would be better than following the whims of her owners. At ...more
Star
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an e-Advanced Reader Copy of Tweet Cute from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This has no way impacted my thoughts.

Who doesn’t love a story about animals?

Brina is a city cat, who has gone on a summer holiday with her humans to the mountains. Brina wants to explore her new surroundings, and upon her travels, she discovers other cats. Specifically one cat, the leader of “The Gang of the Feline Sun”, Vespucci, who wants to ‘liberate’ Brina from her humans and show her what it
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JoJo
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, graphic-novel
Brina is a city cat who visits the mountains with her owners Margaret and Sam. She feels constricted and wants freedom to explore. She meets other cats and Vespucci the leader of "The Gang of the Feline Sun" convinces her to join them and see what it's like to be a real cat. Meanwhile, Margaret and Sam are worried sick when she goes missing. Brina goes on adventures and discovers some important life lessons along the way.

The story is well done and the art style is beautiful. This is a
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Marion Jones
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel is absolutely darling! The illustrations are bright and eye-catching and will hold your attention. The storyline is precious! Don’t you often wonder what goes through the mind of your little fur baby? Well, this will provide you with a definite possibility. Brina is a city cat. She has always been taken care of and loved by her people. However, one day, her owners decide to take a vacation to the mountains and take Brina along. Now, when at home Brina has all kinds of freedom, ...more
Blinn Sheffield
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel is a quick read and, while intended for children, is great for cat lovers of all ages. Sam and Margaret, a young couple, go on vacation in a country village with their cat Brina. Brina meets some stray cats who convince her that true freedom for cats means living without humans. The group, called the Gang of the Feline Sun, initiates Brina with tests that she eagerly accepts as she has thirsted for adventure, But after seeing group leader Vespucci's dictatorial and uncaring ...more
Wayne McCoy
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
'Brina the Cat #1: The Gang of the Feline Sun' by Giorgio Salati with art by Christian Cornia is a graphic novel about a city cat who discovers life in the wild.

When Brina moved to the mountains with her owners, there were lots of new things to see and smell. Brina gets away and finds some of the neighborhood cats, but she is found and locked inside her house. Her curiosity leads her to escape again and hang out with the other cats, but what will she find in the outside world? Is it better to be
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Serena
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

This was a very sweet and cute graphic novel. It was gorgeously illustrated, with beautifully drawn mountains and each cat had their own individuality that could be seen in their words and pictures.

It is a story of being misunderstood, of not being sure why things have to be a certain way, there is rebellion and ultimately understanding.
Brina is stuck inside
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Kyle Dinges
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Brina the Cat is an all ages graphic novel about a city cat who decides to try out the stray life.

I found the story to be pretty cute. It's short enough to keep a kid's attention span, but touches on some more complex things like how we identify ourselves and how different people process anxiety and grief. The book was originally published in Italy, and there are times where the translation does feel a bit clunky.

The art style was very fitting for the book. It's cute, but capable of conveying
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Denise (ramblingoutloud)
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brina is a satisfied cat, living a good life with her owners. Until they go on vacation and a fellow cat convinces her that she needs adventure in her life. She breaks free from her bonds and goes out exploring the wild and freedom of having no owners. But then, is it really freedom when someone keeps deciding what you can and can't do? And is it really better than a loving home?

This is a sweet comic about a fierce and kind cat. I really enjoyed reading it and think it'll suit children in the
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Mary
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Normally comic books are not my style (reading style that is) but this last year I started to get into them because my daughter loves them. We really enjoyed this sweet story about Brina the Cat. Overall, we enjoyed the lessons she learned about friendship. Great illustrations! A sweet end to the story! Would read more in the series.

My 9 year old daughter typed:

"I really enjoyed it because of the adventure. I really liked the intro when the dogs landing in the theater. The part when brina
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Caffeinated Fae
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Brina the Cat is a book I could see a lot of midgrade readers adoring. This story was quick-paced and the graphics were well done. Honestly, it's worth a read just to look at the illustrations.

The story itself was told well. This book focused on the bond between cats and humans which was a fun aspect to explore. I enjoyed seeing the love between Brina and her owners. Though I enjoyed this book, for the most part, I did feel
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Tracey S
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get to read a new graphic novel by Giorgio Salati, Christian Cornia (Illustrations) called Brina the Cat and The Gang of Feline Sun and I really enjoyed the writing and the artwork were so on point. Brina is a city cat who goes on holiday with her owners to the country and one day she is chased by a dog and runs away and meets a leader of a cat gang called Vespucci and the novel follows what actually happens to the main character. I so can't wait to find out what happens to ...more
Theediscerning
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A human couple on holiday in the Alps have a nightmare time when Brina, their city cat, vanishes. She in her feline way has had her head turned by the nature, the prey – and a one-eyed old rascal of a moggy, leading a gang of feral cats in a life of crime. It's all perfectly reasonable, but not brilliant – to me, in this translation at least, there was too much of a disconnect between the emotionless narration of the humans' story, and the cutesiness of the cats' adventure. Still, nothing much ...more
Miranda
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brina is a house cat who is on vacation with her owners. She desperately wants to venture outside, but when she does, she finds herself in a gang of wild cats. Brina's owners are desperate to find her. Will Brina choose to stay with the cats or will she go home to her humans?

I thought this graphic novel was adorable. I definitely found myself cheering for Brina. Part of the appeal with graphic novels are the illustrations, and the illustrations here were very well done.

Thank you to NetGalley
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Halee Denise
arc provided by the publisher and netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This was a pretty cute and quick little read. It’s about Brina the cat who is on vacation with her owners outside of the city and how she gets out and meets a stray cat who wants to show her how to be a wild cat but things don’t go quite as either of them planned.

I really liked the art style and the simplicity of the dialogue and story, it was quick and I’m glad that I got a chance to read it!

3/5
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Manda Gjokaj (blueyedbooks)
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-earc
What a cute story! Thank you to netgalley & publisher for approving my ARC request. I’m a huge cat lady and having three cats myself, this story captured my heart. Brina is a sweet, adventurous and courages feline and i can only wish if my cats got out, they would be as brave as her! Such a heartfelt story and i know all us cat lovers will appreciate this one! I can’t wait to pick up a physical copy in 2020! I also LOVE the art work!
Susan Underbrink
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A big thank you to NetGalley and Papercutz for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. This is a children's book. I found this to be a very relatable story. Freedom, family, friendship all come into play. The graphics are nice and the story is good. 3.5 stars I think most kids would enjoy. Comic book style
Engel Dreizehn
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC Copy...cute and lovable choice for all cat lovers with both heart and humor. I actually felt very sad when Brina escapes and her owners go looking for her. Wouldn't you be sad if your pet goes missing for a long time?
Sarah
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is for elementary or middle schoolers. Some of the text seemed like it would better fit in a picture book or easy reader. The illustrations were very good and helped tell the story. There was some intriguing emotion and the ending was very neat.
Sandy
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I love a good cat graphic novel (or really any cat book). There's nothing that really makes this book stand out, but the illustrations were well done and the story should be interesting enough for young readers.
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