Cat Crusader (Max Meow #1)

by John Gallagher (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Max Meow

Meet a secret superhero with CAT-ITUDE--Max Meow, Cat Crusader--in this purr-fectly awesome, hiss-sterically funny new graphic novel series!

Max is just a regular cat in Kittyopolis, trying to make it big as a podcaster UNTIL he accidentally takes a bite of an RADIOACTIVE SPACE MEATBALL at his best friend, scientist Mindy's, SECRET LAB. Then before you can say MEOWZA, Max becomes...(drum roll!)...The CAT CRUSADER! Being a super hero is fun (Super strength? Check! Flying? YES!!!)--but not if you get so cocky, you forget your best friend! Will Max learn to listen? Will he and Mindy make up? And together, can Max and Mindy save Kittyopolis from the evil Agent M and BIG BOSS?! Find out in Max Meow: Cat Crusader-a laugh out loud, furr-ociously funny, action-packed new series filled with so many twists, turns, and terrific jokes it makes bad guys FLEA and kids cheer with glee! BONUS: Includes how to draw Max Meow!

"Funny, furry and fantastic!" --Judd Winick, New York Times Bestselling Creator of the Hilo series

"Max Meow's super heroics will have kids meow-ling with laughter!" --John Patrick Green, creator of the InvestiGators series

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Kirkus Reviews

Full of humor and action, this new series opener will be catnip for fans of Dav Pilkey's Dog Man.

School Library Journal

Gr 2-5—Welcome to Kittyopolis, where an anthropomorphic cat named Max Meow, in desperate need of viewers for his vlog, decides to film a segment at his friend Mindy Microbe's secret science lab. Unbeknownst to them, a nefarious rodent by the code name of Agent M has sent Robot Reggie to steal Mindy's meteor meatball, and during the ensuing struggle, Max accidentally bites into the meatball and becomes the Cat Crusader. Now with super strength, the ability to fly, and a tail that sends out bolts of electricity, Max tries to save the city all while keeping his viewers entertained. Gallagher's story is light on text but big on vibrant, high-energy artwork—a combination that's sure to keep even the most hesitant of readers engaged. Max must learn not only how to be a superhero but also, more important, how to be a good friend, by not taking credit for Mindy's accomplishments. Depicted with dark skin and dark curly hair, Mindy is no mere sidekick; indeed, she could very well have gotten title billing alongside Max. VERDICT Fans of Dav Pilkey's "Dog Man" series will love this quirky graphic novel.—Amanda Melilli, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

MEOWZA! Here's what people are saying about MAX MEOW: 

Max Meow is good-hearted fun! —Kazu Kibuishi, creator of Amulet

A heaping helping of candy colored fun! —Ben Hatke, creator of the Zita the Spacegirl and Mighty Jack series

Cats and kittens alike will be thrilled to finally have a hero they can look up to. —Mike Maihack, creator of Cleopatra in Space series

Meowza! Let's hear it for the coolest new cat crusader, Max! —Jennifer & Matthew Holm, co-creators of the Babymouse series

Max Meow is sure to save any young reader's day with super-laughs on every page! —Norm Feuti, syndicated cartoonist and creator of the Hello, Hedgehog series
John Gallagher
John Gallagher is the art director of the National Wildlife Federation's "Ranger Rick" magazine and has been drawing comics since he was five. John is also the cofounder of "Kids Love Comics" (an organization devoted to using graphic novels to promote literacy) and leads workshops teaching kids how to create their own comics. John lives in Virginia with his wife and their three kids. Visit him at MaxMeow.Com, on twitter @johnBGallagher, on facebook @MaxMeowCatCrusader and on instagram @johngallagher_cartoonist.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
October 06, 2020
Max Meow
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV008020 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Superheroes
JUV008110 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Humorous
JUV008050 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Animals
Library of Congress categories
Cartoons and comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Superhero comics

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