When I first saw the title of Lil BUB’s Lil Book: The Most Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet, I balked a little at the subtitle. I don’t begrudge Lil’ BUB, or any of the other internet cat celebrities their fame, but really, don’t we all think that our own cats are the most amazing cats on the planet? I certainly think Allegra and Ruby are!
But then I opened the book. And unlike the hundreds of images I’d seen of Lil Bub on the internet before then, this little book made me realize that she is, indeed, a very special little cat. And like hundreds of thousands of cat lovers before me (Bub currently has more than 300,000 fans on her Facebook page), I fell in love.
Bub was born with several genetic mutations, including a shorter lower jaw and no teeth. She also has dwarfism, which means she will stay kitten-size for her entire life. At two years old, she is fully grown and weighs in at four pounds. She came into Mike Bridavsky’s life when she was eight weeks old. She weighed six ounces at the time, which is tiny even for a kitten that young. His vet warned him that she would need a lifetime of special care, but, writes Mike in the book’s introduction, “after spending ten minutes with her sitting on my chest, purring like a motorboat, I knew I would do anything to help this remarkable critter.”
When online pictures of Bub went viral, she became a feline internet icon.
The book features 100 beautiful full color photos showing Bub traveling through space, exploring planet Earth, flying in hot air balloons, napping, and even skateboarding. And I guarantee you that every single one of them will lift your heart and make you smile.
I don’t know what it is about her, but if she is able to convey this kind of charisma on the printed page, I can’t even imagine what it must be like to meet this amazing little cat in person. Robin Olson at Covered in Cat Hair had a chance to meet her at a book event in New Jersy, and she wrote in her post about the experience “Being in her presence is a gift I will always cherish.”
Even without a personal meeting, this book is a chance to be touched by Lil’ BUB’s magic. I guarantee you that you, too, will fall in love with Lil BUB, and that you will reach for this little book whenever you need a smile.