[ARC Graphic Novel Review] Rascal by Jean-Luc Deglin

Rascal is a cat. My cat. I didn’t ask for him, he just sort of… happened to me. But that’s just how it works sometimes, isn’t it?

When a mysterious mewling package arrives in the mail, one busy young woman’s life changes forever. Rascal lives up to his name, filling every day with wild adventures and long naps: brave expeditions into closets, fierce battles with curtains, and wrestling with slumbering giants… Sometimes she’s tempted to throw him out the window. He’s lucky he’s cute.

Over 128 pages, Jean-Luc Deglin paints a purring portrait of one unforgettable black cat, an elegant inky swirl in a world of striking blue tones. Hilarious and heartwarming, exasperating and enchanting, Rascal captures the full range of emotions that come with keeping God’s cutest killing machine as a pet.

If you love cats, or dream of having one, this book is dedicated to you. Once you bring Rascal into your life, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without him.” – Goodreads


5/5 Stars ~ Goodreads ~ Graphic Novel for Cat Lovers

Another ARC (advance reader copy)! Thanks NetGalley, Jean-Luc Deglin, IDW Publishing, and Top Shelf Productions for the free copy in exchange for a review!

Rascal releases May 5, 2020, even though it was previously released in 2017 in France. I believe this book was translated and released in English. There is a second book still in French, which I will eagerly wait for if there are plans for translation in the future!

The Novel

I love this. So much. I was making all sorts of squealing noises as I read this. Rascal is a graphic novel, but leans more toward the graphic than the novel. It’s mostly a visual experience and very light on dialogue, which is fine by me. In total, it took me about forty minutes to read and I loved every second of it.

The story is simple, but adorable! Rascal highlights the experiences of a cat owner: a new adventure on every page. If you’re a cat owner, you will feel it. I’ve lived with a few cats, including a fostering situation. I could relate on a deep level to the experiences illustrated in this graphic novel.

The Graphics

I fell in in love with the art style. It’s super simple, but it works beautifully with the story. Despite the lack of detail within the actual illustrations (more of a cartoon-ish comic feel), he gives attention to detail with the story.

Rascal grows throughout the novel. Physically. You can see him grow gradually throughout the book. It’s amazing. The metaphors that he uses are awesome. I especially liked the dream sequences and the animal comparisons. If you read it, you’ll understand.

Faves and Dislikes

My favorite parts of Rascal include his human messing with him. You can see the personality coming off of this young woman in waves, just through her actions alone. She’s an awesome character and I would hang with her. She messes with Rascal a lot. Those are the pages that made me laugh the most.

As for dislikes, I don’t really have any. The lack of criticism is why it’s a 5/5 star read.

If You Liked…

If you liked Sarah’s Scribbles by Sarah Anderson, you’ll love this. I read Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson and her work kept popping up in my head as I was reading Rascal.

Teachers:

Should this novel by in your library? Yes.

It does contain some “Jesus Christ” moments, so if you find that offensive, I wouldn’t read it. However, it’ll make your students crack up for sure. I would say this novel is appropriate for grades 5 and up, just because of the “Jesus Christ” language.

Rascal by Jean-Luc Deglin will be available May 5, 2020. Jean-Luc is a French, self-taught artist.

Sarah

Hi, everyone! I have worked in the field of education since I was nineteen and have a passion for literature. I have five years of experience as a library media specialist (paraprofessional), 2 years as a substitute teacher, and I am currently a general education paraprofessional. I have a Bachelor's in Library Media and Science, which I intend to use to eventually become a youth services librarian. I'm a proud book nerd, writer, gamer, hiker, and baker.

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