Jekyll Says…Good Deeds Cats Do, That You Should, Too! was written for the author’s feline companion, Jekyll. “We did not want him to be forgotten,” says D.C. Blackbird. “He deserves more than that. He was special and there are lessons that cats and humans can learn from the fine examples he set in his life.” The author, an American poet and songwriter, is an advocate of animal welfare as well as a proponent of veganism. “Our mission is to teach children, teenagers, and adults about extending compassion for all living beings, as well as values and principles that encourage them to be more just, kind and considerate in their relations with others, and how to live simpler, happier, and healthier lives.”
The book fulfills that mission well. With charming illustrations and upbeat poems, Jekyll encourages readers of all ages to be happy and healthy. With chapter headings such as “Wake Up Happy!”, Make Others Smile!”, “Be Proud of Who You Are!” Jekyll shares his feline knowledge and experience with how to live a good life.
My only caveat for this book is the chapter titled “Eat Healthy Meals!”. While Jekyll’s advice to “eat food from the garden and the trees” is certainly good advice for humans, it is bad advice for cats. For someone like me, who is passionate about species appropriate nutrition for cats, the, albeit adorably cute, illustration of Jekyll munching green veggies, missed the mark.
It’s impossible to read this book and not find yourself smiling. Well, maybe it’s possible, but then I’d be really worried about the state of the reader’s mental health! While the book is aimed at children, it makes a fun read for cat lovers of all ages.