In preparation for reviewing this graphic novel, I just spent about ten minutes giggling at the French title. Rascal by Jean-Luc Deglin was originally titled Crapule, which translates to “Scum.” Now, I’m not the sort of person who would ever give my pet a name of the degrading nature, but I have to admit I find it absolutely hilarious in this case. Rascal is a collection of day-to-day experiences as had by a young woman after adopting a young kitten whose owners abandoned him.
A menace in many ways, Rascal still manages to worm his way into the heart of his new mom. So much so that there are now two books dedicated toward the antics of this little creature!
I adored Rascal.
This was such a fun and quick read! I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions. I fell in love quite easily with the menace of a cat the main character has opened her home to. Many of the experiences are quite relatable, even after all these years. Despite finding Rascal to be quite a pain, he’s still easy to love. Humor and mayhem fill each and every page of this quick read!
The artwork is mostly colorless, simple in a beautiful way. Rascal, despite the horrors he brings to his new owner, is adorable and perfect. A tiny black fluffball who gets into all sorts of trouble as he climates to his new home. You genuinely become attached to both characters rather quickly.
I had a lot of fun with this one, giggling as I read it before bed. I finished this book in one sitting and while I do not currently know if there is a translation for the second graphic novel, I’m truly eager to find out.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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