Posts Tagged: Cats

Short & Sweet – The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint

March 15, 2013 Bonnie Book Reviews, Middle Grade, Read in 2013, Short & Sweet Reviews 4 Comments

I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Short & Sweet – The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de LintThe Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on March 5th 2013
Pages: 304
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Format: Hardcover
Source: the Publisher
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five-stars

The magic is all around you, if only you open your eyes....

Lillian Kindred spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hills--until the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. Now Lillian must set out on a perilous adventure that will lead her through untamed lands of fabled creatures--from Old Mother Possum to the fearsome Bear People--to find a way to make things right.

In this whimsical, original folktale written and illustrated throughout in vibrant full color by two celebrated masters of modern fantasy, a young girl's journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about magic, friendship, and the courage to shape one's own destiny

“Everything is a lesson if you’re willing to learn something from it.”

Twelve year old Lillian is an adventurous little girl who traverses the Tanglewood forest searching for fairies that she’s convinced exist. After she’s tragically bitten by a snake and dies, she hovers above her body long enough to witness the ring of cats that has surrounded her. Next thing she knows, she’s awake again and is now furry with paws. Seeking to find a way to rectify the situation, she seeks to change the past but in turn ends up living an even worse existence after her Aunt dies after being bitten by the snake instead.

“Maybe there’s a reason why the snake bit you, the cats changed you, and you’re no longer a girl. Maybe there’s something you can learn from being a cat instead of a girl.”

Tanglewood’s main lesson centers around how small choices can lead to surprisingly large consequences that you may not realize until it’s too late. Despite it’s fantasy elements, it still manages to be a lesson that can be understood and appreciated. Charles de Lint has crafted a perfectly charming folktale story and in addition to the enchanting art of Charles Vess this is one that children and adults both are sure to enjoy.

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Early Review – Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed: (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty) by Jeremy Greenberg

February 22, 2013 Bonnie Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2013 0 Comments

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Early Review – Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed: (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty) by Jeremy GreenbergSorry I Barfed on Your Bed (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty) by Jeremy Greenberg
Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on April 2nd 2013
Pages: 64
Genres: Funny-ha-ha
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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three-stars

The cat's answer to Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe, Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed is a hilarious collection of full-color photos and letters of excuses and suggestions from cats to the people who love them—no matter what bad thing they’ve done!Inside Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed, writer and comedian Jeremy Greenberg presents a collection of laugh-out-loud letters and photographs that offer a cat's eye view on common feline vs. human cohabitation conundrums. It's the perfect gift for crazy cat lovers and anyone who appreciates hilarious (and so true!) insights into cat—and human—nature, including:

Your cat sits on your laptop not just for warmth or attention, but to prevent you from interacting with the outside world. After all, isn’t the main reason to have a cat so you don’t have to waste time developing normal human relationships? If you spent a third of your life licking yourself, you too would occasionally forget to stick your tongue back in your face. Eating grass has medicinal purposes, and most cats believe grass should be legalized. The cat feels bad about barfing on your bed…because now it must get to up to go sleep on your clean laundry instead.

Oh, cat books. As hard as I try and stay away from your infinite silliness, it’s forever a losing battle. Like air boxing.

But their cuteness cannot be denied. Admit it. Cats can be crazy cute.

But… of course they have their moments. Moments where one can only stare in horror and wonder what monster you brought home to live with you.

They’re basically just a furry paper weight that lacks any true purpose.

But what would do you think your cat would say to you if it could speak? Or if it could even write you a letter? Well, this book is the answer to all your questions! Why they need 12+ hours of sleep, why they have such a strange love for grass, and it even discusses their dislike for our perfume. Yes, all the questions we’ve always wanted to ask are now answered. Cute kitty letters with even cuter kitty pictures… what more could you ask for.

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Book Review – I Am Maru by Mugumogo

February 9, 2012 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2012 1 Comment

Book Review – I Am Maru by MugumogoI Am Maru by Mugumogo
Published by William Morrow on August 23, 2011
Pages: 96
Genres: Non-Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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four-stars

Meet Maru!

This round, adorable Scottish Fold cat may be an internet sensation, but he knows how to keep his celebrity status from going to his fluffy head . . . mostly. Maru and his owner, mugumogu, give readers a peek into the low-key life of the world’s most famous cat. See all his favorite hiding places—trash cans, cupboards, cereal boxes . . . if it’s cozy, he’s there—meet his treasured toys, and learn what it means to wield just the right amount of cat-titude.

 I had seen the Maru youtube video of this super cute cat running and sliding into a box but I had no idea it was this Maru cat I’ve heard so much about until this book. It was adorable and I loved it. Maru is a pretty cute cat, although I think my cats could give him a run for his money.

That’s Buns.

That’s Binky.

They’re sisters.

They like to cuddle. Bad camera angle… Binky isn’t that fat. Okay, maybe she is.

That’s Reindeer Buns.

That’s Santa Binky.
Binky REALLY hated her Santa suit. And it was a little small.

And see? My kitties like boxes too.
My kitties win.

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