Brina the Cat Volume 2: City Cat has cute chapters of solo stories tied together for the crazy adventures of a cat named Brina. This Italian Secret Life of Pets by Giorgio Salati is slightly mature and immature at the same time. All ages can read, but some of the stories are a little “intense” (the mature) as Brina goes missing, or the rats have kidnapped her, and there is a possible ghost. But also, there is a child-like humor and innocence to it as well with a parrot wanting to fly free, a dog wanting a snack, the car trip takes an interesting path.
Brina is a cat that goes on adventures with her friends. There is a stray neighborhood cat; a pigeon maned Peter; a bedraggled parrot and more. The humans are clueless but loving (even if one of them is either “not all there” or hard of hearing). You do not have to have read book one, but it would not hurt to read it to see how Brina and her story started, especially there is a blast from her past in two.
What first drew me to the story was the cover. I know not to judge a book by its cover, but I have learned that with Papercutz covers/stories you usually can. This is because the illustration of the cover reflects the inside illustrations. This time by Christian Cornia, these brightly colorful images show the story as easily as the text, and in fact, will give you things the story itself might not be able to convey. The humor comes out with expressions and the “visual sound effects” and the lines indicating movement, falling, etc.