The Rabbi's Cat 2 by Joann Sfar

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Joann Sfar's beloved, humorous, and wise talking cat is back for more beautifully illustrated adventures in Algiers and across Africa in the 1930s. While the rabbi is away, his cat tags along with Malka of the Lions (the rabbi's enigmatic cousin), who roams the desert with his ferocious-on-demand lion. Some believe Malka to be a pious Jew, others think he's a shrewd womanizer, but the cat will be the one to discover the surprising truth.

Back in Algiers, the rabbi's daughter, Zlabya, and her new husband fill the house with their fighting, while the city around them fills with a rising tide of anti-Semitism. On a whim, the rabbi's cat, the rabbi, a sheikh (also a cousin of the rabbi), and a very misplaced Russian painter set out on a fantastic journey (even encountering a young reporter named Tintin in the Congo) in search of an African Jerusalem. It turns out to be very fortuitous that the rabbi's cat is not just a talking cat, but a multilingual talking cat.

About Joann Sfar

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Joann Sfar was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at Angouleme for the first volume of The Rabbi's Cat. He has drawn more than one hundred comic books for children and adults, including Little Vampire Goes to School (a New York Times best seller) and Little Vampire Does Kung Fu! (nominated for an Eisner Award). He lives in Paris with his wife, two children, and the model for The Rabbi's Cat. Alexis Siegel has over fifteen years' experience in various fields of translation, and his interest in adapting graphic novels was sparked by one of Sfar's works-the whimsical children's story Little Vampire Goes to School, a New York Times bestseller first published by Simon & Schuster in 2003 and reissued in Spring 2008 by First Second Books. In addition to The Rabbi's Cat , several works from Sfar's prolific production have kept him both delighted and busy, among them Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East , Vampire Loves , and The Professor's Daughter . He has also translated Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda, by Jean-Philippe Stassen , and, into French, Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese.
Published April 1, 2008 by Pantheon. 144 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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The story meanders about in an easygoing manner, following the rabbi’s daughter’s love life, a journey to Paris and the cat’s various musings on life—when, that is, he’s not causing trouble (“I tell the rabbi’s rabbi that I am God, who has taken the appearance of a cat in order to test him”).

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One good volume deserves another, as the Parisian Sfar (The Professor’s Daughter, 2007, etc.) extends the adventures of a rabbi, his daughter and their unnamed cat, who discovered the ability to speak (not always truthfully) after swallowing his master’s parrot.

Apr 01 2008 | Read Full Review of The Rabbi's Cat 2

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The sequel to Sfar's graphic novel about a talking cat.

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If you're used to comics smacking you over the head with superheroes and fantasy, prepare to be seduced and charmed by Joann Sfar's graphic novel, The Rabbi's Cat 2.

Jun 25 2008 | Read Full Review of The Rabbi's Cat 2

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Drawing on an assortment of sequences covering about half of the series’ five books—released in America as The Rabbi’s Cat and The Rabbi’s Cat 2—the film version wanders considerably, encompassing interspecies religious dialectics, a runaway Russian artist, and a cross-continent quest.

Dec 06 2012 | Read Full Review of The Rabbi's Cat 2

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