Of Cats and Men by Sam Kalda

Book Review

 


Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and StatesmenBook Genre: Non-fiction, History

Book Series: N/A

Released: 4/2017 by Ten Speed Press

Pages: 101  Price: $16.oo Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Bio, More Info

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

A stylish, illustrated gift book from an award-winning artist that profiles notable cat-loving men throughout history in words and pictures.

Of Cats and Men presents a fresh approach to cat entertainment that’s smart, sweet, and driven by beautiful art (instead of tacky photography, as many cat books are). Appealing to both men and women, the “cat men” approach is a fun twist on the “cat lady” stereotype and makes for a highly giftable book. The 30 men profiled range from writers and artists such as Haruki Murakami, T.S. Eliot, William S. Burroughs, and Ai Weiwei, to historical luminaries such as Sir Winston Churchill, Nikola Tesla, and Sir Issac Newton. In addition to the portraits, the book features beautifully hand-lettered quotes about cats by some of the men, including Twain’s “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”

My Review:

The synopsis is pretty spot on for this book.  It is a charming little gift or coffee table book featuring profiles of famous cat-loving men throughout history.  Many of them you will know but some might be surprising.  The book is handsomely illustrated and features quotes from many of the men profiled in the book.

The book isn’t very long and would make a great gift for the cat man or woman in your life.  I have been fortunate to share my home one and might save my copy for him for Father’s Day.  After all, our cats are our children and he might appreciate the recognition and to see what great company he keeps.

Not a lot more to say.  It was a quick read and of exceptional quality printing wise. I liked it but wasn’t overly excited about it.  It was interesting but nothing profound inside its pages.  I still think it is a tad overpriced at $16.00 but at least you get something worthy of giving.

My Rating: 3 Stars

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ARC Cats in Paris by Won-Sun Jang

Book Review

Cats in Paris: A Coloring Book of the Felines of Paris

Book Genre: Coloring book

Book Series: Stand Alone

Released: February 23, 2016

Pages: 80

Links: More Info & Author Bio

Source: I received this book for an honest review from the publisher through the blogging for books program.

Book Synopsis:  

This gorgeously illustrated adult coloring book draws readers into the secret world of cats in Paris as they explore the city’s most famous (and feline-friendly) spots.

Say bonjour to the cats of Paris as they slink through its fabled streets and alleyways, from Montmartre to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and into a feline-filled land of playful imagination. Featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings of tabbies, Persians, Siamese, and more, this evocative coloring book’s frisky kitties lie in wait for your colorful stylings.

My Review: 

I’ve reviewed four coloring books so far and this one is probably my favorite.  It might have something to do with the theme, I am a cat lover after all.  I was delighted when it came in the mail and I look forward to hours spent filling in the pages as I relax in my living room.  As with the other coloring books that I’ve reviewed from this publisher the book is of exceptional quality with nice thick pages that work well with what ever medium you choose to work in.  The cover is removable and colorable (is that a word?) as well.  There is a variety in types of pictures featured in the book, most geared for the more advanced artist, but there are a few that work well for us with a less steady hand too.

Unlike two of the other coloring books I reviewed there is less of a story in this book.  Well perhaps in the beginning we shown some scenes from Paris featuring cats, but most of the book is simply a collage cats and other images or different cat scenes.  There were a couple of points that cost this book that last star for me.  The fact that the book will not lay flat for easy coloring or have removable pages.  This is something I wish the publishers would take into account with they make these beautiful books.  It is difficult to color a book that will not lay flat.  There is also some coloring pages that feature overlapping images that the OCD person in me didn’t care for.  Do I color the flower or the cat, do I break the color of the flower into different shades where they overlap the background image…  It just frustrated me for those few images and is probably not a big deal for most people.  I would have also like less images featuring teeny tiny little images that can only be filled in with a very sharp pencil point.  I know it is an adult coloring book, but still common I don’t want to spend all my time sharpening a pencil.

Otherwise this is truly a lovely book and will make a great gift for the coloring cat-lover in your life.  The price on the back cover is $14.99 and I feel quite reasonable for the quality book you are purchasing.

My Rating:  4 Stars

ARC Poems about Cats by Yasmine Surovec

Poems about Cats

Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Published 4/7/15

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Author’s SiteAmazonBarnes and Noble

Book Synopsis:

Cats have long been an inspiration to artists and poets. In this heartwarming collection, artist Yasmine Surovec of catversushuman.com presents an illustrated anthology of literary adulation and poetic tributes to the always-alluring, ever-beloved cat.

From Shakespeare to Blake to Rosetti to Wordsworth to classic nursery rhymes, cats have been celebrated in poetry for as long as they have been warming laps. Cats are mysterious, adorable, finicky, and cherished; and they have been beloved muses for some of our most renowned poets, writers, and artists. This inspired collection presents treasured poems and nursery rhymes illustrated with the whimsical, irresistible art of Yasmine Surovec.

My Review:

I saw this book pop up on Net Galley the other day and being it was a ‘read now’ title I decided to take a chance.  I now recognize the artist, Ms. Surovec, but at the time did not put two and two together to come up with the creator of many an online meme about cats that I’ve enjoyed.

This is a fairly short book and there isn’t a whole heck of a lot I have to say about it.  I did find it enjoyable and lovely to look at.  The book is quite clever, and beautifully illustrated, although I think it might be more enjoyable in print form.  The pictures that go along with the poems are mostly two pages wide and they end up cut in half on an e-reader.  The poems are an eclectic collection ranging from nursery rhymes to sonnets.  There are bound to be ones you recognize and enjoy.  A print version of this book would make a nice gift for that cat lover in your life.

My Rating : 3 Stars