I like Halloween, kittens, and graphic novels. I found two different books that fit all categories, but in stages; neither has all the things I like. I read both via on line and both are future publications, though the second is due late September 2024 so soon.
Kitten Ninja by Colleen AF Venable and Marcie Colleen is a graphic novel I read online. It is due in late February 2024, but will be worth the wait. It is a cute, younger aimed book for those who like Cat Ninja by Matthew Cody. Each story is how the kitten that was an adorable fluffy toe-bean cutie becomes the protector of the city. The story and art is fluffy but, like Kitten Ninja, loveable. The short chapters are each about an enemy Kitten Ninja must face: snow, a giant ball of yarn and the dreaded, moving spot. Simple illustrations done by Ellen Stubbings do not distract from the story, but support it. And the things that our kitten does to save the day are what kittens normally do, so it is clever as it is funny. Of course, results will vary (I’ll leave it up to you to find out if taping The Spot done will work or not).
And my favorite holiday is Halloween and Lila and the Jack-O’-Lantern: Halloween Comes to America is a purrfect treat. (oh wait, no kittens, just Irish food and good friends). Nancy Churnin starts Lila and her siblings, plus their mother, on the ship from Ireland to the states to reunite with their father/husband. Of course, the little ones are worried that the trickster Jack (the center of the Halloween celebration) will not be able to find them in the new world, but Lila promises to make the celebration even better than before. You see, Halloween did not really come to the states until the Irish immigrants did during the potato famine. And they used turnips instead of pumpkins as their lanterns to scare off Jack in Ireland, but there are only these odd orange things instead) the main story is a sweet one about how Lila makes a friend in the city, how she and her family are able to adapt their traditions to a country that does not know them, and share them with others. There is a delightful tone to it that is given not only by the text but the art of Anneli Bray. There is an afterword that gives more information on Halloween, celebrations, the conditions of the immigrants (to a point) and food. Perhaps my favorite part was how they focused on the positive aspects and did not introduce the troubles Irish immigrants would have had to face. While that is important it is nice to see more of the picture.