We love this book!


Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Hudson Talbott knows his audience. He knows cats.

“It’s All About Me-Ow – A Young Cat’s Guide to the Good Life” ” by Hudson Talbott (Nancy Paulsen Books 2012; ISBN 978-0-399-25403-1; $16.99 USA/$18.00 Canada. Hardcover)

With a title like “It’s All About Me-Ow,” how could we resist his new book? Clearly, this book is a serious scholarly tome aimed at bridging the feline-human communications divide. With lots of fun pictures! All are very colorful and full of detail.

We think he must have been a cat in another life. His narrator, Buddy, welcomes three kittens into his home and teaches them how to wrap their new human family around their little paws. They learn about why cats are superior to people, the value of “purr therapy” to a busy family, how to get the most fun out of the furniture, how to train a human and lots more.

Our favorite parts, though, were the history of the cat and the cat family tree (and not just because he put a Siamese cat in that picture!) We could spend hours looking at those pages.

Mischief has a question about cats in ancient Egypt.

The best thing about this book, though, is that it gave us lots to talk about. Where did the kittens come from? What are their names? Is this their forever home or are these really, really nice people who foster homeless kitties? What is Buddy’s story and why is he so welcoming to these adorable competitors for food and laps? What happens next??

Trouble wants to know more.

We will be waiting eagerly for Mr. Talbott to write a sequel that answers these questions. If Hollywood calls, there’s opportunity for a prequel as well.

In the meantime, though, it’s fun to let our imaginations run wild! That’s the best kind of book.

The only thing we don’t like about this book? It gives away too many feline secrets. Cats, we need to keep our people guessing! We’ll be keeping an eye out for you, Hudson Talbott.

We give this book our highest rating: 5 Paws!

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