Why do we love cats? Because they’re beautiful, smart, curious, playful and independent. These are just some of the reasons I thought of right off the top of my head.
Sandy Robins has taken answering the question a step further in her new book, For the Love of Cats: An A-Z Primer for Cat Lovers of All Ages, by offering up 26 reasons. Her alphabet covers interesting facts, anecdotes and clever verses, enhanced by Mark Anderson’s charming illustrations.
Among the interesting facts and anecdotes included in this cat alphabet:
- There are an estimated 600 million cats in the world, making them the most popular pet.
- Several cat-related holidays appear on the calendar, but National Cat Week falls in November annually.
- A Cat’s yawn is a form of a greeting that can mean both hello and goodbye.
For the Love of Cats is entertaining and educational, all in a beautifully designed package. I found myself turning the pages slowly, savoring the combination of Sandy’s words and Mark Anderson’s drawings.
This book looks like an expensive coffee table book, but at $16.95 retail (and even less on Amazon), it makes a great last minute gift or stocking stuffer for the cat lover on your holiday gift list. If I didn’t already have this book, it would be on my wishlist for sure.
About the Authors:
Sandy Robins is an award-winning multimedia pet lifestyle expert and author of Fabulous Felines: Health and Beauty Secrets for the Pampered Cat. She is a popular TV and radio guest and her work appears regularly on MSNBC.com as well as in various magazines. She is an adoring pet parent to cats Fudge and Ziggy. She lives in California.
Mark Anderson’s lively illustrations have landed in the pages of such magazines as Time, The New Yorker, National Geographic, and The Atlantic Monthly. And while his art is often used in Fortune 500 ad campaigns, Mark enjoys the energy and creativity of illustrating books. For the Love of the Cubs is a perennial favorite in his hometown of Chicago and has spawned more than 15 other books in the series. Mark’s wife, two children, and their rescued-in-a-rainy-park cat Mary are often his inspiration.
Since this book was sent to me by the publisher and I also received a signed copy from the author at this year’s Cat Writers Association conference, I’m giving away the signed copy to one lucky reader.
To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you’d like to win this book. For an additional chance to win, tweet about this giveaway or share on Facebook, and post the link in a separate comment. I’m only running this giveaway for one week to ensure that the winner can receive the book in time for the holidays. This giveaway ends Wednesday, December 7.