I never thought I’d see the day where Tom and Jerry entered a meme contest. If you’re anything like me, you probably grew up on Tom and Jerry. It’s not really all that surprising for people to latch onto nostalgic pieces of their childhood. Thus, the wordless graphic novel Tom and Jerry Grouchy Cat was a near-immediate request for me. And it’s not all that surprising, either, that this book is sans words. In general, aside from that one odd movie (which I still loved), Tom and Jerry was a wordless cartoon.
What’s in a Meme?
Now, when we say wordless we never really mean completely wordless. There are, in fact, a couple of words in this book just as there were in the Tom and Jerry cartoon. They just didn’t come in forms of dialogue between the two main characters. After all, you can’t really create a meme without some words.
This graphic novel pretty much follows the rules of just about every Tom and Jerry episode you can think of. This is one of those Tom has an idea, Jerry wants to be involved, Tom is mean to Jerry, Jerry is mean to Tom and then…well, you’ll have to read it to find out the ending.
The artwork here is very reminiscent of the characters you know. Frankly, I don’t think I could tell you whether or not these artists had ever been involved in the cartoon. It sure looks like they may have been. They did an absolutely superb job of capturing these iconic characters. Chances are, though, that they weren’t.
I loved how this story incorporated modern themes such as smartphones and meme-making. It’s definitely one of those things where I think Tom and Jerry will live long past my childhood, perpetually getting updates in order to match the modern technological advancements and lifestyles. A cat and a mouse that hate each other can exist in pretty much any time period. I’m excited that the next generation will have the opportunity to grow up with these characters like I did.
I won’t say that this graphic novel was anything exceptional and extraordinary. But it was fun. I enjoyed it and I’m sure that many kids today will as well.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.