Jo Rioux reveals the story behind her graphic novel ‘Cat’s Cradle: The Golden Twine’

Here’s my chat with Jo Rioux about Cat’s Cradle: The Golden Twine. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. And the podcast is also available on YouTube. Please like and subscribe to that video channel.

Jo is an author and illustrator of children’s books and is based in the Ottawa area of Ontario. Since graduating from Sheridan College with a degree in illustration, she has illustrated young adult books, chapter books, and picture books, but her biggest passion is comic books. Her debut graphic novel Cat’s Cradle went on to win the 2013 Joe Shuster Award for Comic for Kids. She spends her time drawing, reading, teasing her dog, and spinning tales of magic and monsters. Last year Jo premiered new graphic novel The Daughters of Ys (with writer M.T. Anderson), and with the support of publisher First Second Books. Her new book, again from First Second Books, is entitled Cat’s Cradle: The Golden Twine.

The story of Cat’s Cradle: The Golden Twine goes like this: “Suri loves monsters—studying their lore, telling stories about them (for a fee), and—she hopes—one day taming them. Unfortunately, no one takes an orphan street-urchin who travels with a merchant camp very seriously. But Suri’s self-confidence, cleverness, and ambition serve her well when a mysterious new wagon joins her camp—holding something very big, very loud, and very monstrous. And that’s before Suri runs afoul of a treacherous family with its own beastly secret—and a prince hunting the greatest monster of all.”

You can discover more about Jo on Instagram at @joriouxdraws and online at


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