Book Review: Dear Sparkle: Cat-to-Cat Advice from the World’s Foremost Feline Columnist

Sparkle cover

Sparkle the Cat has been called the “Dear Abby of the feline world,” and she has not met a feline problem that she could not solve.  In her first book, Dear Sparkle:  Advice from One Cat to Another, edited by Janiss Garza, the internet’s premiere cat-to-cat advice columnist gave readers an insider’s look into how cats view the world, and how the well-meaning, but often clueless humans living with them can make the world a better place for their feline charges.  In her new book, Dear Sparkle:  Cat-to-Cat Advice from the World’s Foremost Feline Columnist, also edited by Garza, Sparkle continues her quest to help cats figure out humans’ often strange behavior and offers solutions to problems covering everything from playing to eating to introducing a new cat.  She also addresses litter box issues in great detail – a topic that can be challenging for many humans living with cats.  While her book is aimed primarily at a feline audience, her fervent hope is that the humans who dare read the book keep an open mind.   Even though they may not like everything Sparkle has to say, they just might learn something.

There are plenty of “how to” books out there on how to care for cats, but this book is unique not only because it was written by a cat, but because it provides solid information from a cat’s point of view on the various problems Sparkle is asked to address by fellow cats.  Presented in a humorous fashion and always from the cat’s point of view, it gives the reader accurate insight into how cats think and provides a fresh new look at some of the same old problems.  Here are some samples of Sparkle’s wisdom:

You can’t expect your human to behave like a cat.

A cat’s most charming trait should be unpredictability.

The less you act like you care, the more your humans will care.

In addition to providing outstanding advice that even humans who have already been well-trained by their resident felines will find valuable, the book is beautifully designed and includes many stunning full-color photos of the beautiful Sparkle to illustrate her points.  This book is not just a great addition to any cat parent’s cat care library, it also makes the purrfect gift for cat lovers.

Sparkle the Cat’s advice column began in 2003 as an addition to her online diary, http://www.sparklecat.com, but soon became the most popular section of her website and has earned her thousands of fans on Twitter and MySpace. In 2006, Sparkle’s advice first became available in book form, and went on to win the Wild Card category at the Hollywood Book Festival and honorable mention in the same category at the 2007 New York Book Festival. Sparkle lives with her human, Janiss Garza, and two roommates: Binga and Boodie.   You can find Sparkle on her website at http://www.sparklecat.com

Janiss Garza is not a weirdo cat fanatic. She has other interests; among other things, she is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly.

6 Comments on Book Review: Dear Sparkle: Cat-to-Cat Advice from the World’s Foremost Feline Columnist

  1. Esme
    September 8, 2010 at 12:52 am (8 years ago)

    I am going to have to get this book for both the children and myself-I think that all of us will enjoy it. Thank you.

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  2. Ingrid
    August 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm (8 years ago)

    That pesky Mercury :-)! I agree, Layla, we humans need all the help we can get from felines, and I think our cats would agree!

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  3. Layla Morgan Wilde
    August 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm (8 years ago)

    Back again. It’s mercury in retrograde *groan* so double check everything. We need savvy advice from smarty kitties like Sparkle!

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  4. Ingrid
    August 21, 2010 at 8:05 am (8 years ago)

    Marg, I think you’ll enjoy this book. You have a great weekend, too.

    Layla, I know you left a comment, but for some reason it’s not showing up on the site. I’m with you on not agreeing with the part about humans being hard to train – in my house, it’s always been mostly a case of how quickly they can wrap me around their little paws!

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  5. Marg
    August 20, 2010 at 10:44 am (8 years ago)

    I am looking forward to reading this book since her blog is also very funny and good. Thanks for this great review. It sounds like a very entertaining book.
    Hope you have a great weekend.

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