Many of you have probably seen some of the often funny, sometimes sweet, posts about cats on Buzzfeed, a website that features “features breaking buzz and the kinds of things you’d want to pass along to your friends.” Now Tanner Ringerud and Jack Shepherd, two of the founders of the wildly successful site, have have created Review of My Cat, based on their popular Tumblr blog.
Let me just preface this review with the following disclaimer: Cats are the most wonderful creatures on this planet, and anyone who thinks differently – well, actually, they probably aren’t reading this site.
I’ll be honest, I had mixed feelings about this book. There are a lot of cat humor books on the market, and I only find a handful truly funny. Review of My Cat features reviews submitted by, presumably real, cat lovers. The book is divided into The Good, The Bad, The Really Bad, The Ugly, and the Useless. I balked at these categories, because quite frankly, I don’t think there is such a thing as a bad or an ugly cat – to me, they’re all beautiful. Cats are reviewed for Appearance, Sociability, Usefulness and Huggability.
Once I started reading, though, I fond myself chuckling at even some of the “bad” reviews, because it’s clear that every single reviewer loves his or her cat, regardless of the number of “D’s” or even “F’s” on the cat’s scorecard. And the photos, as well as the drawings on each page, are absolutely delightful.
The book features a handful of celebrity cats, like Lil’ Bub (the first cat featured in the “Good” section), and Colonel Meow (not in the “Good” section), but most of the cats are just regular cats in all their variety and beauty.
This is a cute little book that will make you smile, and occasionally nod in recognition as you discover that your cat is not the only one that does that one strange thing she does.
I know you’re wondering how I would rate Allegra and Ruby. While I would like to think they’re both A+ kitties (and in my book, they are!), in the interest of being truthful, here are their hones ratings:
Sociability: A- I’d give her an A, because she loves visitors, but she gets so excited that she sometimes nips their hands when they pet her.
Huggability: B She will sit on my lap or next to me, but she hates to be picked up.
Sociability: B (Even though she’s a velcro kitten when it comes to me, she can be a bit shy with people she hasn’t met.)
Usefulness: A- (This will probably increase to an A or A+ once she matures a bit. She still occasionally makes some bad decisions…)
Huggability: A++ If Ruby had her way, I’d be hugging her all day long.
Enter to win a copy of Review of My Cat
Let’s have some fun with this one! To enter the giveaway, rate one or more of your kitties. For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest, and leave a separate comment for each social network, letting me know that you shared. Please don’t post the link to your share. This giveaway is only open to readers in the US and Canada only, and ends Friday, January 10. Winners will be chosen by random drawing*.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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