cartoon, cats, humor

Simon’s Cat vs. the World

Simon's Cat vs. the World
Author & Illustrator: Simon Tofield
Publisher: Akashic Books
Genre: Humor / Cats
ISBN: 978-1-61775-188-2
Pages: 96
Price: $15.95

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The beloved kitty star of Youtube videos faces off against various foes in Simon’s Cat vs. the World. In one or two page, full-color, illustrated spreads, Simon’s Cat gets into all kinds of mischief. This wily feline takes on such challenges as grooming, camping, a new kitten, and the great outdoors, among many others.

Cat owners will delight in seeing this impish cat in action, recognizing their own furry companions in his antics. While it’s always been fun to speculate what our own cats are thinking or plotting, Simon’s Cat demonstrates their destructive plans in these laugh-out-loud illustrations.

Simon’s Cat books make perfect gifts for the cat lover in your life. Just don’t let their kitties see them!

Reviewer: Alice Berger

cats, humor

Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet . . . and Other Cat-astrophes

Simon's Cat Off to the Vet
Author & Illustrator: Simon Tofield
Publisher: Akashic Books
Genre: Cats / Humor
ISBN: 978-1-61775-402-9
Pages: 240
Price: $27.95

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Cats do the craziest things, and it’s amazing how clever they can be when faced with a visit to the vet. Hiding, attempting to resist being put into the cat carrier, and generally creating havoc at the vet’s office, they make sure no one will ever want to repeat the performance. Simon’s Cat has vet catastrophes down to a science, as he shows us exactly what level of destruction he’s capable of. In addition to his visit to the vet, Simon’s Cat also terrorizes the neighbor next door and the kitten who lives in the house with him.

Simon’s Cat books are comics without any words, and the pictures tell a hilarious story. Any cat lover who is unfamiliar with Simon’s Cat will want to find a copy of Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet . . . and Other Cat-astrophes as soon as possible — and will then need to complete his collection. This book is laugh-out-loud funny and I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

cats, humor

Copycat and a Litter of Other Cats

Copycat
Author & Illustrator: David Yow
Publisher: Akashic Books
Genre: Humor / Cats
ISBN: 978-1-61775-270-4
Pages: 160
Price: $23.95

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The letters “C-A-T” form parts of dozens of words in the English language. Using this as his premise, David Yow has combined his love of both cats and puns in Copycat and a Litter of Other Cats. This unique book shares a cat-inspired phrase with Yow’s drawings of cats in situations representing the pun.

Grumpy Cat, Felix the Cat, Top Cat and Sylvester the Cat make guest appearances, joining Alley Cat, Tomcat, and Bobcat in this parade of bright-eyed cats. Copycat is a fun and whimsical book that any cat lover will enjoy.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

cats, children

Is That My Cat?

Is That My Cat
Author & Illustrator: Jonathan Allen
Publisher: Boxer Books
Genre: Children / Cats
ISBN: 978-1-907967-74-0
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Someone’s cat looks quite different these days. She’s suddenly so large she barely fits through the cat flap. She can no longer be picked up with one hand. And this fussy eater now gobbles up every last bite of food. Who is this fat cat, who is no longer a slim, sleek pussycat?

This cute black kitty has a surprise, and it’s a very happy one. Is That My Cat? is a darling book that will please all cat lovers.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

cats, children

The Great Cat Caper (S.A.V.E. Squad: Book 2)

The Great Cat Caper
Authors: Lauraine Snelling & Kathleen Damp Wright
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Genre: Children / Cats
ISBN: 978-1-61626-566-3
Pages: 160
Price: $5.99

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Vee is beginning sixth grade in the Accelerated Learning Center. Always driven to excel, she anticipates a great year ahead of her. But a problem with her math score may send her back to regular sixth grade, much to her dismay.

After asking her dad to set up math tutoring for her retest, she tackles an assigned community service project along with her S.A.V.E. Squad friends. This time they will be arranging the Great Cat Caper at the senior center, in an attempt to find homes for the cats at Paws ‘N’ Claws rescue. The project takes on new significance when the TV show Everything Animal decides to film their efforts. But who is “mouthwash lady,” and is she trying to sabotage everything?

In this sequel to Dog Daze, we meet Vee, the second member of the squad. Vee is troubled over her parents’ divorce and remarriages, and trying to get used to her new family dynamics. Finding treasure in God, she finally realizes she has the “spot” she’s been looking for.  The Great Cat Caper is an enjoyable faith-filled read.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

cats, children

Lazy Hero Cat and the Pirates

Lazy Hero Cat and the Pirates
Author: Stanford Crow
Illustrator: Nancy S. Hemmingson
Publisher: Bliss Group Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-940021-06-5
Pages: 26
Price: $7.50

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Bubastis “Bub” the cat is back (Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt) and this time he’s sunning himself on the bank of the Nile, enjoying a cozy catnap. When the river floods, he’s too lazy to notice he’s floating away. Pirates net his cat bed and bring him on board their ship to catch rats.

Bub just continues to snooze, so the pirates get angry and make him walk the plank. But Bub has no intention of doing anything but sleep. Luckily for the pirates, his laziness will pay off in ways they never expected.

Lazy Hero Cat and the Pirates is a delightfully humorous read. Kids will really enjoy this fun series.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

cats, children

Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt

Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt
Author: Stanford Crow
Illustrator: Nancy S. Hemmingson
Publisher: Bliss Group Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-9885359-1-6
Pages: 24
Price: $7.50

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Bubastis the cat is very lazy. He sleeps all day on top of the sarcophagus of Queen Nefertari, too lazy to look, listen or smell anything. So he doesn’t move at all when two tomb robbers break in to steal from the sarcophagus.

But being lazy is just the right way to handle these thieves. In a comedy of errors, Bubastis manages to knock them both out, just by doing nothing. And the next day, he is hailed as a hero when the men are discovered in the tomb.

Lazy Hero Cat of Egypt is a humorous tale that’s pure fun for kids to read. I highly recommend this delightful story.

Reviewer: Alice Berger