Updated on 16 October, 2021
Catradora Comics is a new independent publishing company that is dedicated to publishing quality female driven written fiction and non-fiction books in English. Their first product, the She-Rocks: A Secular Pilgrimage was released last May, offering a unique perspective on spirituality, history, and being a woman in general. The book examines issues that are often left out or ignored in many contemporary books for young adults including identity, relationships, privilege, and politics. Catradora's core contributors are Allyson Catray (creating the concept), Kayla Taylor (creating the characters), and Julia DeWalt (writing the prose). Each contributor brings something new to the table, and they have been complimentary of each other and of the She-Rocks series.
Catradora Comics have recently announced several new projects, including a novel by feminist writer Shea Minkoff called "When You're Not in It." The novel details a professional woman's life, from her childhood to present, as she navigate the various facets of work and family life. Catradora's She-Rocks series will also be released in May, followed by several additional novels from authors like Julia DeWalt and Allyson Catray. All these stories are designed to offer readers new perspectives on issues that are dear to women everywhere.
The She-Rocks series has received both critical acclaim and enthusiastic reviews. Publishers Weekly said "The book's style is refreshingly original...There is no mistaking that this is a book for children, teens, and adults." LARB Review said "A humorous and touching coming of age story about family values..." "A refreshing, positive take on an American family's life..." "A lively book that will make you think..." "A wonderful book that explores a subject matter normally considered too serious to read..." "A book that you will want to collect and read over again..."
Catradora's latest release is "When You're Not in It." This book is an updated, fourth "katnip" book in the series. Although the title suggests the book is meant for younger children, it is suitable for readers eight years old and up. The story follows Ginger, who is adopted and raised by foster parents, and her friends. The children learn about life, including growing up, dealing with death, overcoming depression, coming together as a family and maintaining their friendships.
All the same, this is a positive book for children. Throughout the story, there are moments that can make adults laugh and feel good, but also serious discussions about life. Throughout the hectic, fast paced adventure, there are times when Ginger and her friends can talk about serious topics like divorce and death... This is especially good for young children who may not be ready to hear about these topics yet. In fact, at one point in the book, Ginger realizes that her foster father has died, and she and her best friend, voiced by Amy Waterman (voice of Penny), decide to keep his memory alive by passing his photo around town. This touch of humanity is not in the original book, but it did leave me wondering how much more could be given without resorting to violence...
This is a good book for mature readers, but it is also appropriate for children to enjoy. There are some really hilarious moments, such as when Ginger and her friends are talking about their pet... "It smells like a skunk," says Ginger. "It must be a skunk!" Their pet skunk sniffles. "A real skunk," says Ginger. And then everyone giggles as the skunk goes inside.
In this she-ra comic dub book, there is a lot more violence, which I found to be totally enthralling. The language is strong and if you are not used to reading comic books, you will probably get some eyebrows raised as you read some of it. However, it is definitely worth a read for any fan of crime fiction or even just fans of great mystery stories.
All in all, this is a very well written book with a great storyline. I recommend this book to anyone who likes crime fiction or who likes to see their favorite characters get into tough situations. I hope that other publishers pick up where Catradora has left off. It's a great story and I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good mystery story with a little mayhem mixed in.