Comic Mini Reviews: In Love & Pajamas, The World According to Cats, & What’s Up Beanie

Posted September 27, 2021 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Anyone else read comics?

When the comic creators I enjoy on Instagram put out a book, I like to pick up a copy because their comics bring me so much joy and I want to support their art.  In the past, I’ve given these books full reviews (How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You and Strange Planet), but I struggle to write a long thoughtful, objective review because of the format.  I go into these knowing I like the art and I like the humor.  So rather than putting together a rambling review where I try to hit a certain word count, I thought I’d loop together some of the comic artists I’ve read recently and make a mini review out of it!

I hope you consider checking out these books, but if not, I highly recommend the artists’ social media accounts (which I will list as well!)

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In Love & Pajamas

In Love & Pajamas

by Catana Chetwynd

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing on February 2, 2021
Genre: Comics, Humor, Romance
Target Age Group: Adult, New Adult, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

Check out this book on Goodreads or buy the book at Bookshop.org

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Snug and the bestselling Little Moments of Love comes an all-new collection, In Love & Pajamas by Catana Chetwynd of Catana Comics!

When you've reached that sweatpants-wearing cozy place in your relationship, it's all In Love & Pajamas! This brand-new collection of Catana Comics presents some fan favorites and half of the book features never-before-seen comics that delight and amuse readers of all ages. Wholesome, sweet, feel-good humor!

Even though In Love & Pajamas was an impulse buy at Target, I don’t regret it for a moment.  I follow @CatanaComics on Instagram and I adore her work.  It’s honest, cute, and so relatable for me and my husband – I regularly send her comics to him and in fact… while I read this one, I kept taking pictures of the panels and sending them to him as well.  Chetwynd shares snapshots of her experiences in a happy, honest relationship and In Love & Pajamas is when you’ve hit the point of not being embarrassed in front of your partner any longer.

There’s certainly comics in this set that are recognizable if you follow @CatanaComics, but there are plenty new ones as well.  This is a perfect book for relatable chuckles (my husband and I both got a kick out of the “did you drive my car?” comic) as well as just to break away from the day’s monotony and spend an hour smiling.  I highly recommend this little book… and bonus!  Mine came with stickers.  So that was fun.

Not a single bad thing to say about this little book.  It was well curated and fun!  5/5 stars.

Art Style

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Cohesiveness

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Storyline

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Personal Enjoyment

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The World According to Cats

The World According to Cats

by Susie Yi

Publisher: Studio Press on February 4, 2021
Genre: Comics
Target Age Group: Adult, Childrens, Middle Grade, New Adult, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★½

Check out this book on Goodreads

A hilarious comic collection by Susie Yi, creator of the Instagram sensation Cat and Cat Comics.

Our feline friends can be quite mysterious, but you're about to get a front-row seat to their innermost thoughts. Learn how cats train their humans, what they get up to when you're at work, the precise number of seconds they will permit you to pet them for and what they really think of your singing.

Organised into sections, the comics provide humans with insight into cat love, cat demands, cat judgements, cat schedules, cat wisdom, cat ego, cat gratitude, cat physics and cat relationships.

This purrfect collection of Cat and Cat Comics is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and generally improve your day.


The World According to Cats is a cute little book.  I really enjoy Susie Yi’s Cat and Cat webcomic.  She’s built an ongoing set of stories and personalities between four different cats (two inspired by her own and two fictional).  I was looking forward to the same sweetness, humor, and personalities as her webcomic in this little coffee table book.

This little book is not what I expected.  It’s not bad, but it’s … missing that certain je ne sais quoi.  The World According to Cats is not a continuation of her comic, although Mickey and Minnie do feature heavily.  A couple of the comics included in here are ones I’ve seen, but they are all based around certain themes that try to explain how cats behave.  If anything, The World According to Cats felt more like a children’s book illustrated with Yi’s cat comics.  It’s certainly the type of thing I would recommend to a young reader, but it’s not for me.  I think her series work and story arcs are much stronger in her webcomic, though I do not regret supporting her by buying this book.

I will be passing forward The World According to Cats to the next reader, hopefully one who is not already familiar with Yi’s work and will discover her from it, especially with her other upcoming graphic novels and the recent book deal.  I wish Yi all the best and much success.

Art Style

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Cohesiveness

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Storyline

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Personal Enjoyment

Rating: 3 out of 5.
What's Up Beanie?: Acutely Relatable Comics

What's Up Beanie?: Acutely Relatable Comics

by Alina Tysoe

Publisher: Mariner Books on August 3, 2021
Genre: Comics, Humor
Target Age Group: Adult, Middle Grade, New Adult, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★½

Check out this book on Goodreads or buy the book at Bookshop.org

Hilariously eccentric and self-aware, Alina Tysoe, the pink-haired illustrator behind the wildly popular What's Up, Beanie?, captures relatable topics like family, the awkward pains of social anxiety, sweet moments of love and a growing relationship, amusing childhood stories, and her intense love of dogs. Adorably drawn, these endearing snapshots of Alina's life are surprisingly familiar, as if they've been taken from your own life: finding solace with a lone puppy at a crowded party, the frustration of deciding what to eat for dinner, making the mistake of hitting the snooze button, accidentally stepping on a dog's foot and feeling like a MONSTER, and tons more!

Including dozens of all-new exclusive comics in addition to fan favorites, this collection is perfect for those who need a laugh at the small agonies of life.


What’s Up Beanie is good but not great. This book wasn’t a disappointment by any means, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’d seen most the comics before. Every time she posts a new comic on Instagram, Tyson follows up with an explanatory sentence or two and I don’t think I realized how much I appreciated that until I was reading this book. Knowing her brief explanations behind the comics added to my experience in a way new readers would not know.

This collection is formatted as a bit of storytelling. The context is that Baby Beanie has come forward from the past to assure that Adult Beanie is making her proud. There are some mixed opinions on the matter as the story goes along but they do still agree on the most important thing… which I won’t spoil. I liked the formatting of this one as it gives it some cohesiveness but does not oversimplify.

I really, really like Tysoe’s drawing style. It reminds me strongly of newspaper cartoons and in such there’s something familiar about it. Only Tyson is telling different, more modern stories, and I think that’s important too. This book is technically filed under “women’s literature” which drives me bonkers – we don’t label anything with a male protagonist under mens literature! – but it’s all-around relatable, from childhood games to sneak-eating cheese when you KNOW you’ll regret it later. I also enjoy Tysoe’s color palette which has a lot of bright, 1950s retro colors that give it a pop but aren’t too aggressive. Really, I just generally like this comic… even though it’s not a groundbreaking collection I recommend the strip highly – either through the book or online. I’m happy to support her and hope she continues to share Beanie stories for years to come.

Art Style

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Cohesiveness

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Storyline

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Personal Enjoyment

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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