Some of today's graphic novels are absolutely addictive.
I'm interested in WILD CATS and the natural environment so
this book drew me in as soon as I opened it on my screen.
Aimed at young adult readers, the tale follows the
adventures of Suki and her best friend Finch as they win a
contest to allow them to journey around the globe,
and recording wild cat species. Of course, this is a big
endeavour, so there will be several books in the Wild
Cats: Around the globe with Suki and Finch series. The
odyssey starts at the top of the world as the pair live in
Vancouver; they explore Canada's rain forests and timber
line before heading to Alaska.
The background photos are absolutely beautiful, and
stunning wildlife shots appear on almost every page,
the main photo if not in it. The characters are drawn as
three-d and placed on the page by the artist, as they
the city, trek rugged terrain and carry out extremely
unglamorous tasks such as collecting hair and scat samples
for DNA analysis. If you've picked up after your dog
The engaging chat between Finch and Suki is typical of
younger teens, including an understandable wish to go home
when one of them misses family and feels isolated in the
wilderness. But these are resourceful kids, with tablets
keep them in contact most of the time, and they are joined
by two slightly older teens for part of the trip,
Christmas at - well the North Pole log cabin of course!
Happily for Finch and Suki they also befriend a three-d
falcon and lynx, which keep them company and help them in
their quest to record the wild cats such as bobcat, cougar
The endangered populations of wild cats are dependent on
the natural environment remaining unspoiled. Story writers
Rebecca Merry Murdock and Isabelle Iglesias make a
tremendous team with graphic artist Muhammad Tauhidul
Sampad in bringing this book and environmental issue to
life. While I was turning the pages quickly I would
certainly want to linger on many of the stunning images
time and again, or better yet, to visit the areas in
person. This graphic novel is reminiscent of the Gannon
and Wyatt adventures in tone but for younger readers and
with more emphasis on the photography. WILD CATS - VOLUME
ONE deserves to be on every young reader's e-reader.
Suki and FInch are 3-D characters born on the Bark & Howl
FaceBook page. They now have their own graphic novel
series as they travel the globe investigating the welfare
of all 36 species of wild cats. They start in Canada, go
over the North Pole and travel into Russia (Volume 1).
Then itís on to Mongolia, China and Nepal. Itís not long
before theyíre on the radar of K-POG, a trans-national
corporation seeking to develop old growth forests around
the world. Accused of being eco-terrorists, Suki and Finch
are on the run through Asia, Africa, South America, and
the USA. WILD CATS is an adventure-drama exposing the
threats - loss of habitat, poaching, disease - encountered
by wild cats all over the world. How many wild cats do you
know? Lion. Tiger. Cheetah. Lynx. Bobcat. Cougar. Leopard.
Jaguar. Did you know there are 28 more?