First in a full-color graphic novel series for emerging readers about accepting yourself and others from up-and-coming author-illustrator Meggie Ramm, creator of the comic strip The Littlest Dungeon Guard and cohost of the Pop! Whiz! Bang! comics podcast.
Batcat loves being all alone in their home on Spooky Island. Up in their tree house, they pass the time playing video games and watching TV. But when Batcat suddenly finds themself haunted by an annoying, ice cream–stealing ghost, they visit the local Island Witch for a spell to remove their ghastly guest permanently!
With their Ghost-B-Gone spell in hand, Batcat travels across Spooky Island to gather ingredients—to the Cavernous Caves where the bats tell them they’re too round to be a bat, and to the Whispering Cemetery where the cats will help only if they commit to being a true cat. But Batcat is neither and that’s what makes them special, right?
From up-and-coming author Meggie Ramm comes a sweet and fun story about accepting yourself when you’re perfectly in between here and there.
About the Author
Meggie Ramm (they/them) is a nonbinary cartoonist from Michigan. They spent their 20s teaching comics to kids in Oakland, California, and it was the best job in the whole world. They’ve had work in The New Yorker, have worked with Everyday Feminism and Silver Sprocket, and have a limerick-based comic strip called The Littlest Dungeon Guard distributed through Sunday HaHa. They love rhymes, reading gay sci-fi and fantasy, and comics.
“This graphic novel for emerging readers spins an eerie yarn full of dead trees and secrets into a winning combination of charming and funny. The story flies along at a brisk clip to a terrifically satisfying ending. This intentional celebration of nonbinary identity reminds readers that they don’t have to be only one thing; they just have to be themselves.” — Booklist
“Batcat is a treat! Kids are going to pick up a pencil and start making their own round, pink, ghostly comics as soon as they finish it!” — Aliza Layne, author of Beetle and the Hollowbones
“Readers of all ages who have wondered about their own place in a world keen on dividing things into categories will relate to this quandary and delight in the playful ways that Batcat defines themself outside of the binary.” — Maia Kobabe, author of Gender Queer: A Memoir
***STARRED REVIEW*** “This story is charming, uplifting, and silly, with adorable and colorful artwork that will make readers laugh. For young readers who love funny animal stories, as well as sweet stories about self-acceptance.” — School Library Journal
“Spooky fun, with a theme that’s relevant on Halloween and every other day besides.” — Kirkus