30. July 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Fiction, Humor, Tammy

The Devious Book for Cats: A Parody by Fluffy and Bonkers, read by Tammy, on 07/30/2014

A funny book of advice for cats from cats. But seriously, it’s a parady of the popular Dangerous Book for Boys and Daring Book for Girls that tells the kids how to do stuff that used to be common knowledge for most people. Everything from building a fire safely in the woods to how to play marbles to the importance of writing a letter (yes, with pen and paper) for certain situations. The books also feature lesser known but important men and women from history that the authors felt could be good role models for children.

This book advises cats on how to train their human, how to be the best hunter they can be and also gives them “histories” of famous and important cats. If you love cats and especially if you have a house cat you will recognize a lot of these behaviors and they way the authors interpret what the cats are thinking is hilarious.  devious book for cats

29. July 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Cats, Children's Books, Fiction, Pamela

The five lives of our cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin, read by Pamela, on 07/06/2014

zookIn this warmhearted middle-grade novel, Oona and her brother, Fred, love their cat, Zook (short for Zucchini), but Zook is sick. As they conspire to break him out of the vet’s office, Oona tells the stories of his previous lives, ranging in style from fairy tale to grand epic to slice of life. Each of Zook’s lives have echoes in Oona’s own family life, which is going through a transition she’s not yet ready to face. Her father died two years ago, and her mother has started a relationship with a man named Dylan—whom Oona secretly calls “the villain.” The truth about Dylan, and about Zook’s medical condition, drives the drama in this loving family story.

03. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Downton Tabby by Chris Kelly, read by Tammy, on 07/02/2014

For cat lovers who also like Downton Abbey. Some of the text is related just to cats but if you’ve watched the show you’ll get the inside fan jokes too. downton tabby

24. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy

The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, read by Tammy, on 06/20/2014

familiarsThe first book in a fun new children’s series. Aldwyn the cat runs into an alley to save his life and ends up ducking into an unusual pet store. All the animals in the store have magical abilities. They are called Familiars and the human companions are Loyals. Aldwyn decides to play along and pretend he has abilities to make a clean escape and is chosen by Jack, a young wizard.To keep up the ruse and have his meals provided, Aldwyn must convince the other familiars, a blue jay named Skylar and a tree frog named Gilbert that he is a powerful familiar too.

Then Jack and the other two young wizards in training are captured and the familiars set out to rescue them. Humor and a grand adventure ensue.

 

29. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Fiction, Pamela · Tags:

The Cat Who Came in from the Cold by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, read by Pamela, on 05/28/2014

the-cat-who-came-in-from-the-coldCats are loners, and Billi is no exception. He wanders through the ancient Indian countryside among other animals, enjoying a sense of freedom. Holiday season approaches; the Monsoon, when the skies go dark and the rains come, has arrived. At a time when everyone is eager to be home with family and friends, Billi is alone… and lonely. Walking into a village, Billi gazes through windows and sees a cozy fire, a content dog, a happy family with children. Inspired, an untamed soul begins the transformative journey to a new life of warmth and togetherness. With his inimitable storytelling gifts and unparalleled ability to penetrate the feline psyche, Jeffrey Masson captures Billi’s aloofness, mischievousness, and ultimately his new perspective on the deep connection shared by humans and their feline friends.

A fairy tale-like story.  The rulers of Montagne have been rumored to possess and use magic.  But this has been only a rumor.  Grandmonther (queen mother) Benificence, her two daughters Wisdom and Temperance, along with an orphan named Fortitude and a miller’s son Tips all end up at Wisdom’s wedding to the neighboring and coveting kingdom.  Its a pretty fast paced, fun tale, written mostly in letter, epistolary format. wisdom's kiss wisdom-s-kiss

06. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Children's Books, Fiction, Leslie · Tags:

The Five Lives of our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin, read by Leslie, on 04/12/2014

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As ten-year-old Oona and her younger brother conspire to break their sick cat Zook out of the veterinary clinic, Oona tells the story of Zook’s previous lives.

I love how Oona makes up stories to entertain her brother in the ways of the world, with themselves as the central characters.  She does this because her father did it with her and he has passed away, it’s a way to keep her father alive for both her brother and herself.  While she gets herself into trouble on occasion and says things occasionally she knows is hurtful, she comes through at the end, making things right and learning life lessons.  Girls will probably be drawn more to this book than the boys will, but I think it would suit any reader.

03. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Cats, Children's Books, Fiction

Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa Martin, Valerie Martin, read by Angie, on 03/02/2014

Anton and Cecil are brother cats living in a harbor by the sea. Anton is a quiet cat who likes to listen to the sailors sing. Cecil is an adventurous cat who likes to go out on the day trips with the sailors. One day Anton is impressed into service on one of the ships and Cecil jumps on another ship to try and find him. They both have a lot of adventures on the high seas featuring rats and pirates and marooning. This is a fun romp on the high seas. I think kids will really like this tale, especially if they like animal adventure stories. I liked the distinct personalities of the two cats. I also enjoyed the slightly paranormal bit about the cat eye in the sky and the whale.

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Fiction, Tammy

Garfield Gets in a Pickle: His 54th Book by Jim Davis, read by Tammy, on 10/16/2012

TROUBLE ON THE LOOSE!

Garfield, the furry desperado, is at large again in this most-wanted new collection of comics. Whether he’s getting in a pickle or a jam, when it comes to trouble, the fat cat is always a glutton for punishment!

27. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Christian, Fiction, Mystery, Tammy

What the Cat Dragged In by Gilbert Morris, read by Tammy, on 12/07/2013

What the cat dragged inA clean mystery story that happens to have cats in it. Jacques does point the way to an important clue to solve the murder, but most of the story is spent setting up the characters and the location. This is the first in a trilogy so I’m hoping the next story moves faster.

 

27. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Christian, Fiction, Mystery, Tammy

The Cats Pajamas by Gilbert Morris, read by Tammy, on 12/22/2013

cats pajamasSecond book in the Jacques and Cleo mystery series. The cats are hired to “star” in a movie being made down the beach from where they live. Kate and Jake take the cats over to film and discover that the star of the movie, Avis is an old flame of Jake’s. When one of the young starlets is found dead, Jake is asked to assist the local police with the investigation. Can Jake find the clue to keep all of them safe from the murderer? Will he and Avis get back together? 

16. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Humor, NonFiction, Tammy

Does this Collar make my Butt Look Big? A Diet Book for Cats by Dena Harris, read by Tammy, on 12/14/2013

cat humorA humorous look at several of the current popular diets from the view point of a housecat. Tongue in cheek diet and cat humor.

22. January 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Cats, Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1 by Kanata Konami, read by Angie, on 01/20/2013

chis sweet home 1I love cats and can’t imagine my life without my kitty. Chi’s Sweet Home shows what happens when a kitten appears in your life. It accurately portrays how a kitten behaves and how its humans’s lives change because of having a cat. I loved it! I think the drawings are wonderful and truly tell the story. I love that the book is told from the point of view of the cat, who is just precious. I think this is a wonderful graphic book for kids and I can see why the series is popular.

25. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Fiction, Tammy · Tags:

The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett, read by Tammy, on 10/24/2012

Author of the Discworld series Terry Pratchett writes about cats and how to tell if your pet or neighborhood cat is a “real” cat. He humorously writes a history of cats, tips on how to relate to cats and why a “real” cat is the best kind of cat to have a round. With humorous illustrations by Gray Jolliff.

16. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Tammy · Tags: ,

The Life and Love of Cats by Lewis Blackwell , read by Tammy, on 10/13/2012

Coffee table book with huge beautiful photos of cats and kittens including close ups of eyes, tails, noses etc., whatever will relate to the writing on the accompanying page. The history of cats from recorded history forward is discussed and all sorts of writing and thoughts about cats and living with cats.

16. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Tammy · Tags: ,

The Cat's Pajamas: 101 of the World's Cutest Cats by Rachael Hale, read by Tammy, on 10/12/2012

A beautiful collection of photographs of all different kinds of cats and kittens with short descriptions of the history of the breed including more recent American cat breeds. Also has quotes about cats and cat-owners and of course photos of cats in cute poses.

13. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Cats, NonFiction

ZooBorns Cats! by Andrew Bleiman, read by Brian, on 09/10/2012

Do you like cats?  I mean all type of cats? This is the cutest book in the World displaying cats born in zoos around the World.  There are tons of pictures of cats with all the biographical information and general details about the cat.

19. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Graphic Book, Tammy · Tags:

Cats with Attitude by Nicole Hollander, read by Tammy, on 04/14/2012

This book is a compliation of 2 comic and joke collections: My Cat is Not Fat, He’s just Big Boned and Everything Here is Mine. Not as funny as I’d hoped. There were a few pages I laughed out loud on and shared with my husband since he has the joy of sharing our home with 3 indoor cats too. But a lot of it seemed to repeat the same joke in a slightly different way.

15. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Crafts, How To's, Kira, NonFiction

Crafting with cat hair : cute handicrafts to make with your cat by Tsutaya, Kaori , read by Kira, on 03/09/2012

Loved the little cat puppets.  I suspect my short-haired cats fur would be difficult to work with.  Its interesting to note that most of the projects used felt as a background for felting a picture on top of.