Monday, September 26, 2022

MMGM with a review of Cat Ninja: Welcome to the 'Burbs by Matthew Cody, Illustrations by Chad Thomas, Warren Wucinich Colorist

Cat Ninja: Welcome to the 'Burbs by Matthew Cody, Illustrations by Chad Thomas, Warren
Wucinich Colorist
Publisher:  Andrews McMeel Publishing
Number of pages:  160
Publishing:  November 1st, 2022
Source:  Publisher in exchange for an honest review  

Opening Line: "...Eighty-nine bottles of pop on the wall, eighty-nine bottles of pop!" 

Cat Ninja Welcome to the Burbs is the fourth volume of the Epic! originals series. includes four seasons of stories from the series that you can have read to you, but I believe you need an account.  Parents can try it out for free with a basic plan.    

In the latest installment of this graphic novel, Cat Ninja, Master Hamster and the family have moved from Metro City to Peaceful Valley after their dad purchased a new house.  An unexpected visit from their new next-door neighbor with a welcoming gift, and the disappearance of Master Hamster, leads Cat Ninja and robot-dog Adonis on a chase through Peaceful Valley hunting the notorious Goldfather and his slimy henchmen. 

Cat Ninja is a totally new series to me which I thoroughly enjoyed.  The kid appeal of this is on fire.  I can see why it's one of Epic! most popular series.   There's lots of action as the masked feline shreds his way across the pages on his board with his pal Adonis in tow.  Cat Ninja/AKA Claude also this time assists the crime fighter, Octopunch in dealing with a rampaging monster truck.  Master Hamster/AKA Mr. Stiches also had me in stiches with his workout routine.  I could read tons of stories about him, he's surly and just downright funny.  I loved the way Cat Ninja and Master Hamster had their alter ego/pet personalities and their superhero status.  It was fun to watch them interact with Marcie and Leon and then go out on missions.  I've seen reviews that describe this as being like Phineas and Ferb, which fits it perfectly.   The illustrations have such beautiful vibrant colors, and I especially loved the martial arts style feline kicks and moves.  The panels of backstory about Fish-Face Malone and the rest of the villains were so appreciated.  This graphic novel features two diverse siblings, exciting panels, one superhero cat, a robot-dog, a humorous hamster and tons of adventure.  This would make a perfect gift for a cat loving, superhero fan.  


  1. Sounds such a fun series! I have a soft spot for superhero tales but with ninja cats?? One to watch out for! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This might be a good one to nominate for the Cybils.

  3. This sounds like a perfect book for my great grandsons 8 and 5. But they have dogs. Do you think it would appeal to them! The youngest is into Ninja's. And it is published by Epic -- I reviewed a book by them today. They do a good job and the stories seem easier for third graders.

    1. It's listed as 7-10 years old and this one does have a robot dog that can fly :)

  4. I can see this will be very popular with young readers, even for dog lovers! Thanks for featuring your post on MMGM.

  5. This sounds like a fun series that I can see kids loving.