Goodreads: Apocalypse Meow Meow
Series: Companion to Apocalypse Bow Wow
Source: ARC (ALAAC15)
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Brownie, Apollo, and their ragtag group of strays have raided the grocery store and defeated some very mean mutts–but now they’ve run out of food. So when the crew discovers a nearby Twonkies factory, and all the Twonkies they could ever eat, they think they’ve got it made.
The only catch is the cat guarding the factory–and this “cat” is MUCH bigger, and far more sophisticated, than any feline they’ve ever met. Can the dogs and their friends defeat their foe and claim the Twonkies for themselves?
The Proimos father-son team returns with another irreverent, dog-filled take on the apocalypse, told in a graphic novel paper-over-board format. The instantly accessible artwork and laughs on each page will charm everyone from the most reluctant reader to the coolest of cats (humans and animals alike)!
Apocalypse Meow Meow is a ridiculous, fun-filled adventure–that takes place after the apocalypse. All humans have disappeared from Earth and only the pets are left, which means they’re just waiting to get into wild adventures. And although they do have apocalyptic problems–such as missing their people and running out of food–the authors make sure things stay silly. As the pets go on a quest to eat all the Twonkies they could possibly want from the abandoned Twonkie factory, it is easy to imagine the owners are just at work or about to come back. Not to mention there are a few hints that someone might be trying to undo the apocalypse.
I have to admit that this book is not really my style. Though I did find it amusing at times, it does not really align with my sense of humor. I am also not a huge fan of the loose, cartoony art style. However, the story is entertaining and the characters are pretty endearing. I have not read the prequel to the book, but had no trouble following the plot, understanding the characters, or otherwise comprehending what was going on in this world. The authors make enough allusions to past actions that it is possible to fill in the gaps of why some characters are distrustful of each other or make certain alliances with one another.
Overall, then, Apocalypse Meow Meow is pretty entertaining. I can easily imagine this appealing to middle schoolers, particularly boys. There are only a few words on each page (and oftentimes they’re words like “meow” or “grr”), so it’s a pretty quick read, which may also make it a good choice for reluctant readers.