Cover Image: Woe: A Housecat's Story of Despair

Woe: A Housecat's Story of Despair

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

Woe is an ode to Lucy Knisley's beloved cat, Linney. With humor and love, Linney tells us how terrible it is to be the greatest, most patient cat ever. Her humans were just so lucky to know her.

Was this review helpful?

This was such a sweet compilation of Linney’s comics: a heartwarming compilation of a grumpy orange cat and her humans. This graphic novel would be perfect for cat lovers, adults and children alike! Definitely a must-buy for our library, as the charming art, funny scenes and bittersweet end will appeal to our varied patrons.

Was this review helpful?

This is a cute, heartfelt homage to the author's *extremely* dramatic cat. Although the characters are simply drawn, they are expressive and distinct from each other. I particularly enjoyed the interactions between the curmudgeonly Lemmie and an overzealous and excitable dog.

Was this review helpful?

I have enjoyed Lucy Knisley's web comics in the past. I enjoy her humor and perspectives on parenting I'm not sure why this would be categorized under Teens YA. This would probably be more relatable to cat owners. It didn't bridge the gap for me though.

Was this review helpful?

Join Linney, an old and sassy cat, as she takes her human on hilarious adventures around the house. Linney is convinced that her life is woeful because she can't have everything she wants. But is it true? You'll have to read "Woe" to find out and laugh along with Linney's mischievous tricks.

Are you a cat owner or, let's be honest, a cat servant? If so, you'll love these hilarious adventures that will have you laughing out loud! From the moment your feline friend demands attention to the times when they suddenly lose interest, this book captures all the relatable moments that come with being a cat's loyal servant.

I had the pleasure of getting my hands on an advanced copy, and let me tell you, it's a real page-turner! The illustrations of Linney are adorable, especially the way they capture the mischievous nature of cats.

So, if you're a cat lover like me, don't hesitate to pick up this book and join in on the laughs!

Pub Date: 02 Jul 2024

Happy Reading, Laly ❤️ 📚 🐈 🐈‍⬛

Thank you, @netgalley @rhkidsgraphic for the complimentary ARC, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Was this review helpful?

I've been looking forward to this book since it was announced. What a glorious tribute to a beloved cat. I knew I was going to cry reading this, just as I did when the original comics of Linney's passing were posted. It brought back memories of my sweet old man who passed away a few years ago, down to the bad dental hygiene and mysterious early years. Recommended for anyone who has ever loved a cat but particularly anyone who has loved a particular and demanding feline without question.

Was this review helpful?

Woe: A Housecat's Story of Despair should come with a warning. It starts off with some lovely cat comics about the typical joys and irritations of living with a cat. The cat, Linney is depicted with a unique personality. Her family is the book's creator, her husband and son. Each react to Linney in their own way. Sounds perfect for animal lovers and particularly cat lovers everywhere, right? It is actually. But by the time you realize that these lovely comics are a memorial for Linney you are already hooked and can't help but read through the panels depicting her last days, shedding tears as you go., This books is wonderful read and a testament to the impression our pets can leave on our hearts, but it is not simply a collection of "funnies." My only complaint is that I did not feel ready for the more serious side of the story. It could be better represented on the jacket or in the intro,

Was this review helpful?

Knisley's book is everything I hoped it would be! As a cat lady, this was delightful and felt as good as lap snuggle from your favorite feline. Fun and sweet!

Was this review helpful?

Many of us were privileged to meet Linney, the apricot puff cloud, she of the very strong opinions, through Lucy's previous graphic novels and webcomics. But if you're meeting Linney for the first time, you'll be swept right in with a curl of her tail; Linney is a truly legendary cat, and Lucy has captured her well. This book collects and adds to the Linney stories seen in Lucy's webcomics, documenting Linney's many opinions in old age. It also contains some of my most favorite sequences, detailing the natural prey of the indoor cat (I'll let you read it to find out what Linney hunts). It's a delightful but bittersweet book as Linney's life winds down, but I think even those who have recently lost a pet will find comfort in this sometimes-hilarious, always-loving story. It's a delightful tribute.

Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for my free earc in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are all my own.

Was this review helpful?

I am definitely a cat person. I connected so closely with Linney and the stories in the comics. Cats are notoriously humorous and get into so many things. I love the journey through the different stories of how Linney connected with the family, and how healing it was for everyone to have Linney. Definitely a cute close to the heart story to read!

Was this review helpful?

This is a very funny book full of comics all about Linney the cat and the antics she gets up to. My two year old really enjoyed all of the illustrations.

Was this review helpful?

It was so hard for me to hold it together reading this graphic novel about Linney the cat. I had never heard of this author or her cat comics before but a cat owns me so I wanted to see if there was behavioral overlap. Spoiler - there is, cats are weird.

Lucy gives Linney a wonderful voice in these comics, very 'cat' but also very woe is me... aka cat-like as well. I appreciated her candor around the age of Linney and chronicling the times they shared but also how she left the world. It was refreshing... but very sad. You may leave this one in tears, but it will give you a lot of great laughs beforehand.

This collection is a great example of remembering the good times you have with loved ones. I think all pet owners would get a laugh out of this book, and if you love/have cats, you will certainly relate to a lot of it as well.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one.
Review will go live in June on the Blog.

Was this review helpful?

Lucy Knisley never disappoints. From children to adults, she is able to connect with whomever her audience may be. I've read a lot of her works, from picture book, to middle grade graphic novels all the way to her adult works. Woe: A Housecat's Story of Despair may just be my favorite. I don't even have a cat but I have lots of friends who share lots of stories about their cats. Woe sums up a typical housecat's days in such funny, relatable way and manages to showcase why we love our pets so much, even when we find some of their habits irritable.

Was this review helpful?

Warning: the book discusses pet aging and death.

I loved this book and so much of Linney's character reminds me of my own furry friends. Her comics made me laugh and cry as I fell in love with Linney. Thanks Netgalley for the advanced reader copy.

Was this review helpful?

Once again, Lucy Knisley does a great job of exploring every day but making it extraordinary. I love her simple illustrations and how it is all told from the point of view of her cat. Knisley has definitely become an author I recommend.

Was this review helpful?

I did not expect to be weeping while reading a graphic novel about a cat. But then again, cats! They find their way into our hearts. Woe: A Housecat’s Story of Despair is all about Linney. She’s grumpy, and loving, and, if you’re like me, you will quickly quickly fall in love with the fluff ball in these comics.

Thank you to Random House and NetGalley for the digital copy of this graphic novel.

Was this review helpful?

Woe is the story of Linney the housecat, from Linney's point of view. I think this is a cute and fun story for any pet lover. Linney's antics are relatable and fun to watch. I was not prepared for the end, when they talked about Linney aging, but I think it was approached well and in a positive light. Overall, this was a cute, easy read and I think it will appeal to many audiences. The illustrations and color palate were enjoyable.

Was this review helpful?

I will read everything Lucy Knisley ever creates! Woe is a lovely collection of comics honoring her late cat, Linney, who I feel like I know after having followed her on Instagram for years. Lots of comics I'd seen before, but also a handful of new ones with a new-ish color style, which I adored! Much love to Linney and her woes.

Was this review helpful?

I have generally enjoyed Lucy Knisley's work in the past, especially her art style. This book was an adorable, quick read that resonates with anyone who considers themself a "cat parent."

Was this review helpful?

I was lucky enough to get an eARC for Woe! As someone who followed Lucy’s comics of Linney while Linney was still with us. I was also dealing with an elderly cat who had dementia at the same time, so I was able to love Linney and grieves with Lucy when Linney did pass. These comics meant the world to me, so when I saw that Lucy was coming out with a book of them, I was so happy, but also it brought up a lot of emotions.
We follow Linney in the last years of her life and the daily antics of her and her family. Lucy captured Linney’s emotions perfectly as an older cat who needed to be the center of attention. The whole comic is a mood. It’s hard not to relate to Linney in her moods or as a cat parent to a cat that very much has a mind of their own. The artwork is still wonderful, and it captures the idea of medieval cat paintings. Because cats are so utterly strange and yet so familiar. I highly recommend this comic, but know it does involve the death of an elderly cat. So make sure to have tissues at the ready.

Was this review helpful?