All my life I’ve been a dog person. Which isn’t to say that I don’t like cats, I always have, simply that I felt more affinity with dogs. I understand dogs. They are bouncy and loving and they lick your face. However, I am married to a cat person, and last summer when my friend’s daughter’s cat had kittens, the husband and I decided to adopt two of them.
I still don’t consider myself a cat person, although I love my cats. They are obviously superior examples of their species. And I may have gone a bit overboard with pictures of them on social media, when they were tiny kittens. This book is the fallout from that. Two people gave me this book for Christmas. I am a cat person in their minds if not my own.
This is a short book, and a fun one. It’s part of the Ladybird for Grown-Ups series, which also includes such titles as The Ladybird Book of the Zombie Apocalypse and The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis. They are intended as humorous spoofs of the Ladybird children’s books that are popular in the UK. The Cat book plays into all the cat stereotypes with short illustrated anecdotes. Here’s my favourite:
Cats like to hide in boxes.
Imhotep’s cat Tibbles-Ra has hidden in this sarcophagus and will not come out.
Imhotep asks his pyramid contractor whether it would be easier to leave Tibbles-Ra in there and convince everyone that cat burials are a thing now.
So yeah, it’s funny in that sort of way. If you like cats and British humour, you will probably enjoy this book.