In the great city of Catifornia, the Meofia are by far the most feared of all the felines. At home, their baby sister Kat is enslaved under lock and key.
Done with the constant abuse, she escapes, embarking on a perilous journey far beyond the land of cats.
Lost at sea, Kat is captured by a ruthless gang of notorious pirate dogs and forced to the depths of the ocean in search of treasure; where she discovers an ancient city, lost in time.
Here, Kat comes to terms with who she truly is – gaining the courage to fight for her life and freedom, to fulfil an ancient prophecy that she inevitably finds herself entwined with.
A new style of book, a fusion of various parts.
Adventure novel, graphic novel & picture book.
Written, Illustrated and Published by Nick White
I read KAT: THE LEGEND OF GNAWBONIA out loud with my five-year-old son Riley and was really impressed with how it held his attention. From start to finish he sat captivated. It took about an hour to read all fourteen chapters, but you could break it up into multiple reading sessions if need be.
The story follows Kat as she tries to escape her abusive brothers, running as far away as she can.
Cue a whirlwind adventure involving a bounty being put on Kat’s head, fearsome pirate dogs, a lost kingdom hidden underwater, unexpected allies and a monster of the deep.
The story finishes with Kat having taught some old dogs new tricks, gained new friends, a new home, and freedom from her brothers. Fantastic. I love a good underdog story, or in this case an undercat story.
I asked Riley if he liked the story and would like to read it again some time. He replied “yeah” with a big smile on his face.
I asked Riley what his favourite part of the story was and he replied “when the cat got into the ocean and caught the octopus”. He then went on to ask me what was my favorite part was, to which I replied ”when Kat triumphed over the mean pirate dogs”.
KAT: THE LEGEND OF GNAWBONIA reminded me a Dreamwork movie, but in print. The story and art had humour sprinkled throughout for the adults as well as the kids, and then there’s the resounding message of never give up.
A top read and one I would recommend for ages 5+.
You can check you the interview I did with author Nick White HERE.