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Hey! says Manfried.

In fact, those are the only words that Manfried The Man utters in this brilliantly bizarre graphic novel, that flips the familiar cat/human dynamic on its head. So, Manfried is really a man, but plays the role of the cat (as you would see in a real life situation). The role reversal concept makes the graphic novel hilarious.

Steve Catson is an introverted humanoid tomcat, at a dead-end job, whose only companion is his pet, Manfried, a stray man who just eats and sleeps all day long. 

He lives a life dominated by routines and constants. Feeding Manfried. Work. Boredom. Home. Feeding Manfried. Repeat.

His workdays are consumed with mundane tasks of answering calls at an IT call centre. His boss hates him. His coworkers feel sorry for him and make fun of him. Bored, he plays pranks on his coworkers and draws cartoons. With no friends, and no life, no girlfriend, all Steve Catson looks forward to is going home to spend time with his man Manfried. 

The character adheres to every stereotype of a loser guy (check that "loser cat") living alone in his apartment alone with his cat (in this case "a man"). Steve Catson lives like a slob, with barely any food in his humble abode. One day however, his carelessness catches up to him and Manfried escapes. Now, Steve Catson is forced to break out of his routine in order to find his best friend. But things, aren't so cushy for Manfried either. Out in the real world, Manfried can no longer lay on his fat belly and do nothing all day long, except eat and sleep. 

Manfried The Man is a delight to read and amusing to follow along in a graphic novel format. The illustrations are charming, and on point. The wit and humour to bring the characters into the real world is appreciated. Instead of Instagram, there's Meowstagram. This is a book that will delight readers of all ages, whether you are a pet person or not. It is timely given our culture's obsession with our furry friends, and the ability of humans to anthropomorphize our pets. It's sure to brighten your day and your mood. 

Blog Post by Shilpa Raikar, who believes in the power of storytelling to connect readers, and strives for diversity and inclusivity. 

Manfried The Man, by Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow is published by Quirk Books

Review by @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)