Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat #1

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 27 Mar 2019

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A funny pun-filled science fiction adventure story about two fish out of water who just want to go home. For Wyss-Kuzz that's back to the interstellar empire he ruled with an iron claw before being banished for his evil deeds to a horrible, dangerous backwater (Earth); for Raj Bannerjee, it's Brooklyn with his friends. At least now he can have a loving cat? Spoiler: Wyss-Kuzz is *far* more ruthless than loving but figures he will need some help with his plans. Really enjoyed Raj and his parents; the hilarious nature camp Raj attends and his gradual new friendships; Wyss-Kuzz's dismay at the intellectually fallen felines on earth; and all the cat-themed puns. Alternating narration between Wyss-Kuzz and Raj balances the story well.
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Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat is about and alien cat, Klawde, who is exiled from his planet (due to his evil warlord ways,) to Earth. Confused by this new world, he is taken in by an small ogre, Raj, who has just moved to town with his parents. Klawde's one goal is to build a teleporter that will get him back to his planet. Klawde's point of view is hilarious - he cannot understand what a litter box is, and the trip to the vet was an absolute favorite scene, but I wanted more. There were also plenty of tongue-in-cheek names for his planet and the cats who live there. Raj is also adjusting to his new home, which includes attending Nature Camp, where his mother feels he can meet new friends, but it is more like a survivalist camp (similar the the Survivor show type) led by a camp counselor who is anti-technology. 
While I really enjoyed reading this book, it felt like two separate books to me with the exception of a few cross-over moments. If the book had been strictly from Klawde's point of view, I would have enjoyed the book so much more, with perhaps a few short paragraphs in each chapter in Raj's point of view. The chapter back and forth was jarring and Raj's chapters lost the humor of the Klawde chapters. The writing was excellent, but not cohesive when it switched between Klawde and Raj's voice.
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I love cats, so when I saw there was a book about an evil cat genius I was very excited! I loved that Klawde was the epitome of a cat, the personality was spot on. I think this will be a great choice for many upper elementary or middle school readers and will definitely be purchasing it for my library.
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Betrayed by his second in command, Ffangg, Klawde is sent from the planet Lyttyrboks to the worst planet in the universe, Earth. Clawde is confused by Earth’s primitive technology and the furless ogres who don’t understand him. Bent on getting his revenge for the betrayal, Clawde must find a way to get back home. Raj, aka “Rat” has just moved from New York to Elba, Oregon.  With no friends, he hopes his luck will change when a stray cat shows up on the doorstep. Meanwhile, urged by his mother, Rat attends an intolerable summer camp and feels like a fish out of water. Will Rat survive nature camp? Will Klawde be able to get back home? Will the two find a way to help each other? The characters are likable and entertaining. The plot is funny, easy to read, and engaging. The illustrations are cute, detailed, and complement the text. Told through alternating human and cat points of view, fans of talking animals, humor, Obert Skye’s Wonkenstein, and books about learning to fit in will enjoy reading this book.
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I am not a cat person, but I enjoyed the heck out of Klawde. I was describing the plot to one of our librarians who very rarely reads books for kids, let alone graphic novels, and she thought it sounded like a hoot - which it is. I think kids will really like this one and I'm looking forward to more of Klawde's antics in the near future.
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I only got to read an excerpt, but this book sounds awesome!  Middle school students, especially the ones who need to be caught in a book quickly, will adore it.  It has just enough snarky humor and action to keep their attention hooked.  I am purchasing it for our library, I hope you do as well.
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