Thursday, April 28, 2016

MEOW: A Book of Happiness for Cat Lovers - Book Review

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I don't often review books as you've no doubt noticed but MEOW: A Book of Happiness for Cat Lovers was screaming to be read. It's a very simple concept, really, quotes about cats from famous people, each accompanied by a beautiful color photo of a cat.

First published in 2014 in Australia and New Zealand, it has finally been released in the U.S. and Canada. MEOW has been brought out here in paperback, however, from the size and look it is a coffee table book. It was likely originally a Hardcover book. According to the press release, it was written by a cat loving book editor, Anouska Jones. I kept looking for her byline in the book since it wasn't on the cover but couldn't seem to locate it. 

The book opens with an introduction, the only part of the book specifically written for the book.  I was pleased to see Jones' enthusiasm for cats and can believe that she wrote it with her beloved cat on her desk. In the midst of describing cats is the one word with which I found fault - she gave in to the Old Wives' Tale and referred to cats as "independent."  This is a total misconception since cats are independent hunters not independent companions. It's hard to say why so many people don't identify their cat's play for attention for what it is. You're reading and the cat is on the book. You're at the computer and the cat is walking across the keyboard. You take a nap and your cat is on top of you. These are ways of expressing how much your cat wants to be with you. Those who know their unconditional love and appreciate cats will love this book.

That said, the book is wonderful. Anouska Jones has compiled some of everyone's favorite quotes about cats from such notables as Ernest Hemingway, Jules Verne, Pablo Picasso and Mark Twain. Each quote has a gorgeous color photo on the facing page. 

MEOW A Book of Happiness for Cat Owners will delight cat lovers who will find the quotes resonating with them as they enjoy the beautiful cat photographs. This delightful book would make a wonderful gift for a cat loving friend or for yourself. You can put it out on your coffee table or on the nightstand in your guest room. 

MEOW A Book of Happiness for Cat Owners by Anouska Jones is published by EXISLE and distributed in the U.S. by QDS. 

ISBN: 978  925335 08 8    March 2016
$11.95 in the U.S  $13.99 in Canada   
Paperback   160 Pages

 NOTE:  I was not monetarily compensated for this book review.  I received a review copy of the book in order to read it for review.  The opinions expressed in this blog post review are mine alone.


Gordon Brice said...

I very much enjoyed reading this blog, Darlene, but then I always do enjoy reading your blog posts. You have provided every incentive to purchase this lovely book, which, by the way, is still available to buy via Amazon, in hardback and Kindle versions, as well as paperback. The Kindle version only, is available via the UK arm of Amazon.
Many thanks for sharing this with us.

Jim Marven said...

What supplies do I need for my puppy?
flea and tick pet prevention

Darlene said...

Thank you so much for your comment, Gordon. I'm so happy to hear that it is available in the UK. I think this is a book best seen in a "real" book form in order to do justice to the photographs.

Darlene said...

Hi Jim, If you want to know about flea and tick prevention, please talk to your veterinarian. Some of the over-the-counter products available in stores have caused problems for pets. There are newer products which veterinarians know about and may carry in their hospital. It also depends upon the age of the puppy. You have to be extra careful with puppies. This is one time when you do *not* want to scrimp. You want the best for your puppy.