A Review of Grumpy Cat (Volume 1), by Ben McCool


Dynamite proudly presents the comic book misadventures of Grumpy Cat, featuring “The World’s Grumpiest Cat” and her brother, Pokey! With her ever-present pout and sassy disposition, Grumpy Cat has won the hearts of people everywhere. Now, her unbearable cuteness and infectious sourpuss are featured in an all-new, all-sensational collection of comic stories, sure to make fans of all ages laugh! If you love the memes, the videos, and that irresistible scowl, then get ready for the wildly fun antics of Grumpy Cat and Pokey!

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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Quick Reasons: gorgeous illustrations; love the flow of the panels; the dialogue between Grumpy and Pokey is adorable, at times disturbing, and filled with snark; from superheroes to conspiracy theories, there’s something for everyone here

Huge thanks to the authors Ben McCool, Royal McGraw, Elliott Serrano, and Ben Fisher—as well as to Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley—for free access to this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review! Please note that this in no way altered my opinions on this book.

Grumpy Cat strikes it big in the world with this collection of comic strips! The humor, the snark, and the witty banter between the characters is bracing, at times acidic, and always entertaining. I went into this read with only the smallest amount of knowledge on Grumpy Cat. Obviously, I’ve seen several of the memes and have read a few posts about the REAL Grumpy, but aside from the most basic workings of backstory I didn’t have much to go by. The cover of this immediately drew me in on Netgalley; I fell in love with Grumpy with just those few small words, and knew I needed to read this.

The humor, for me, was spot-on. I cackled like a lunatic throughout the read, often causing my husband to glower at me and shake his head in amusement. I particularly enjoyed Paws of Justice, Vincent Van Grump, and A Grump in Time—though honestly, I found something to cackle at and love about every single strip. If I had to pick, though, my favorite—hands down—is Vincent Van Grump. The snark, the cultural references, and the artwork for that strip all came together in a beautiful, glorious read; I had a ton of fun with it!

Throughout, the artwork is gorgeous. The panels are well-proportioned and evenly spaced out, making the read both easy and entertaining. And between the varying subject matters and focuses, there’s something for EVERYONE here. Literally. We go from Private Eyes to (sort of) alien invasions to conspiracy theories—and cover everything in between!


This is, by far, a journey unto itself—one I feel lovers of humor, cultural references, and the ever snarky Grumpy Cat will enjoy! I had a ton of fun cackling like a lunatic to myself whilst reading, and promise you will, too! I can’t wait to see what other misadventures await our feline duo. Until next time, I’ll be returning again and again to this collection—it’s just too much fun to read only once!

4 thoughts on “A Review of Grumpy Cat (Volume 1), by Ben McCool

  1. I’ll have to check this one out. I love cats, and I love silly cat books. My favorite one is “I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats.” It’s hilarious.

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