Book Review: Cats of the Louvre by Taiyo Matsumoto


I decided to add Sundays to my blogging schedule because I have plans for new, more diverse content. Today's I'm reviewing Cats of the Louvre, a super cute graphic novel by Taiyo Matsumoto.

Keep reading to find a little more about it, and tell you why I liked it.


A surreal tale of the secret world of the cats of the Louvre, told by Eisner Award winner Taiyo Matsumoto.

The world-renowned Louvre museum in Paris contains more than just the most famous works of art in history. At night, within its darkened galleries, an unseen and surreal world comes alive—a world witnessed only by the small family of cats that lives in the attic. Until now…

Translated by Tekkonkinkreet film director Michael Arias.


Cats of the Louvre was different. I enjoyed the sophisticated air that came with the beautiful drawings of the Louvre. One of the main characters was a tour guide and that came with bits of interesting information about the artwork portrayed in this book.

I loved the realistic parts of it, and liked the fantasy elements as well, although they felt strangely fit together. The cats are part of the book, for they live in the attic of the museum. They are fierce creatures with strong individual personalities, however, they are portrayed as "people" in some scenes which was a bit of a shocker at first but grew used to quickly.

Between the cats there is Snow Bébé, who is apparently seven years old but still looks like a kitten. He seems to have a calling, for he constantly gravitates the artwork, falling asleep in unexpected places and nearly exposing the other cats, which earns him some judgment and trouble.

There is also the night guard at the Louvre, whose sister disappeared years before in the museum, never to be found again. He is the bridge between the tour guide and the cats.

Overall, Cats of the Louvre is a quick, enjoyable read. It's like a sneaky daydream with beautiful art and characters you can't help but grow fond of.

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Here is all the info for Cats of the Louvre:

Reading Challenge No.: 18/45

Author: Taiyo Matsumoto - Goodreads

Publication Date: September 17, 2019

Format: Print

Length: 428 pages

Genre: #Manga #GraphicNovels #Fantasy #MagicalRealism

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Love, Lourdes

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