|Posted on March 27, 2014 at 7:10 AM|
Back in my day (cue shaky cane), comic books were written for teenagers. Let me clarify, teenage boys.
A lot has changed since then and I couldn't be happier. One reason I'm so happy is that comic books are now being written for all ages and genders. Happy times indeed. Another thing about the comic books being published today is that there are some specifically for little children. And what should Arcana send me recently to review, but one for kids. And while the story is fun and aimed at little ones, it also teaches them and their parents a form of Japanese poetry called Haiku.
Haiku - the cat
A Cat Named Haiku tells the story of a day in the life of a mischievous little cat as he learns a valuable lesson on love, told completely in haiku. After disobeying his owner, Haiku discovers that at the end of the day, even if someone is mad at you, it doesn't mean they don't still love you. From climbing the curtains to trying to eat the pet goldfish, all of Haiku's antics are chronicled in the three line poetry of his namesake in this 40 page children's graphic novel intended for ages 6 and up.
Haiku - form of Japanese poetry
There is also a colouring book with all new illustrations of Haiku getting into trouble, as well as a second book - A Cat named Haiku 2: The Dust Bunny.
The two stories about Haiku and his adventures, all told in haiku, are a wonderful combination of cute without being overly fussy. They have a look that is timeless. One thing I really loved about the illustrations was that all the family portraits in the rooms where Haiku is being mischievious are obviously based on real family members that have been added in. It's very sweet.
These books could easily be passed from generation to generation of geeky children to enjoy in the future. Of course, I enjoyed them all by myself, but I'm sure the wee ones in my life, and even my own teenagers, would like them too.
You can get all three books in print through Arcana or in digital format for many types of readers.
All the best, your GG