Book Mews: Shop Cats of New York

Hi everyone,

Today we are looking at the book Shop Cats of New York by Tamar Arslanian.

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SHOP CATS OF NEW YORK  blends the introspective eye of Humans of New York with the visual intelligence of The French Cat to depict the Big Apple from the perspective of their diverse and enchanting rulers: felines. Combined with lively photography, this book gives voices to the creatures beloved for their mystique, independence, and vitality.

Depicting the character of New York and its shops through their cat counterparts, the author and photographer capture distinctive cats such as:

  • a camping store cat whose official title is “customer therapist, assistant buyer and HR”
  • a wine store cat with his own chiropractor—he has a bad back
  • a cat in an occult shop who casts spells at night carrying a magic wand in her mouth
  • a cat who is a the mascot at a dog boutique
  • a bookstore cat who almost killed a live chicken during toddler story time

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Beyond the clever stories these cats offer, they are legends inside New York institutions like the Algonquin Hotel, Bleecker Street Records, Kings County Distillery, and many more. From the amusing to the benevolent, this book uncovers these 40 cats’ different personalities and the shops they deem home. Celebrated cat blogger Tamar Arslanian and popular Instagram pet photographer Andrew Marttila illustrate the love and warmth these felines elicit in their urban kingdom.

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SHOP CATS OF NEW YORK is the perfect holiday gift book for those who venerate the species, city life, and the creatures who keep their celebrated shops lively. It can be nearly impossible to deduce what is stirring inside these majestic animals’ brains, but Arslanian and Marttila get as close as humanly possible.

Our over-all verdict: This book is simply purrfect! Having been to the big apple earlier this year we recognised many of the cats in the book as we met them on our adventures in New York! But it also gave us insights on how many we missed and whom we will have to meet on a future trip!

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If you enjoy great cat photos but also learn more about their history and the history of the area / place they live in when this is your PERFECT book!

If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:

Paperback directly from the Publisher here for the USA
Amazon UK by clicking here.
Amazon US by clicking here or through Barnes & Nobles here.
Amazon DE by clicking here.

More about the author:

Tamar Arslanian
is the author of the blog IHaveCat.com, and has served as Vice President of Account Management at numerous high profile New York City advertising agencies. She currently consults pet brands on marketing and social media, writes for numerous pet outlets and shares her home with three rescue cats Kip, Petie and Haddie.

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Book Mews: The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris

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Today we are looking at the book The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris by R.F. Kristi.

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The Cats Who Crossed Over from Paris: Enchanting New Book for Kids & Animal Lovers; Hailed “Fantastic!” by Critics.

Out of all pets, cats have a distinct personality and aura of seriousness that makes them some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. According to many cat owners, their pets always appear to be plotting something, including the leading felines in R.F. Kristi’s enthralling new book.

‘The Cats Who Crossed Over from Paris’ is part one of Kristi’s new ‘Inca Cat Series’. Forget simple meowing – these cats have a crime to solve!

Synopsis:

Inca, a Siberian puss, tells the story about her furry family – her brother Fromage, who is addicted to cheese and considers himself a cheese monger, and her sister, Cara, a gorgeous but timid Siamese. Inca, an avid fan of Dr. House, considers herself the leader of the troupe and responsible for the well-being of the family. They own, according to Inca, Missy, a young humanoid who has a well-established cheese shop in Paris. The story revolves around how Missy decides to move to London with her co-partners, Jacques and Genevieve, to run their new cheese shop and café. Can Fromage leave his pal, Charlotte, behind? Soon after arriving in London, the three cats accompany Missy to their neighbor’s house where they meet Monk, a blue Russian cat and Terrance, a golden retriever owned by their famous neighbor, a detective named Solo, living in the same compound in Kensington.

Things start to get interesting when Monk tries to help their neighbor, Polo, a sad little Pekinese whose mistress, a formerly well-known opera singer who is pining for her lost husband, has her valuable diamond necklace stolen. Can Inca and her family assist Monk and Terrance to recover the diamond necklace and resolve Polo’s problems

Our over-all verdict: Animal lovers young or old will love this book and the adventures of the furry main characters! The fun stories that will keep you in their grip until the end are accompanied by brilliant illustrations such as the one shown below:

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We highly recommend this book for animal lovers of all ages. 🙂

If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:

Paperback directly from the Publisher here for the UK (eBook) and here for Australia (paperback).
Amazon UK by clicking here.
Amazon US by clicking here.
Amazon DE by clicking here.

More about the author:
David St John Thomas was a well-known writer and publisher. He established and ran David & Charles, the UK publishing house, for 30 years. David wrote over 25 books on a variety of subjects and well over a million copies of his books are in print. He also ran a charitable trust with the aim of assisting writers in their careers. And, naturally, a passionate cat lover!

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Can Cats be Wicked?

Can Cats be Wicked?

Hello Katzenworld Fans,

As we all know, cats are adorable and mostly loved by all. We hardly hear anything bad about them, and in reality, they are one of the easiest pets to take care of. However, today I wish to talk about the ones that are known to be not so nice and discuss whether there is a possible reason for it.

Looking into the casting crew of many animation films and books I can distinctively remember this one cat. He not only found chasing mice and eating them as a pleasurable sport but he also would create conflict between the pets in the house, causing them to get kicked outside.

Along side, the mischievous behaviour mentioned he would also create more work for his keeper and found it incredibly entertaining when she would get punished for his failed evil ideas.

Who is this cat you ask? Why, it is our very own black fur, toothy grin, and sneaky wicked cheating predator called LUCIFER.

Can a cat be so mean or do we just see them in fiction? Has anyone ever been owned by a cat that was just vicious? Can animals have a wicked side to them or are they all sweet natured and just good spirited. Let me know in the comment section!

My belief is that animals are all good-natured from the start. It is their keeper demonstrating and teaching them the wrong way of behaving which then reflects on them. Being mean or wicked maybe the case in Lucifer’s case but I can almost guarantee that if he had a different owner, he might have never been that cruel.

What are your thoughts on this topic? I would love to hear your opinion.

Written by Jeyran Main


Jeyran is a blogger, consumer reviewer, book editor, book promoter and a freelance book translator. Her website Review Tales demonstrates her thoughts, reflections and book reviews.

Book Mews: Catopedia – A Fascinating Collection of Feline Curiosties

Hi everyone,

Today we are looking at the book Catopedia – A Fascinating Collection of Feline Curiosties.

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Why do cats cry to come in and then cry to go out again? Why do they chatter silently at the window? Why can’t they be trained to fetch your slippers? Where are the most unusual places they’ve been employed as mousers? Why are there so many cat superstitions?
This cat compendium educates and entertains with facts about everything from wild cat ancestry and cat physiology to cat worship and cat movie stars. Investigate how cats experience the world and what they think of their human companions and explore just how significant cats have been in society throughout the ages.
Drawing on the vast body of knowledge belonging to the world’s most famous dogs and cats home, the book contains numerous snippets that readers can dip into as well as longer essays and stories that can be enjoyed at leisure.

Our over-all verdict: This book is simply amazing! In a fun and entertaining way it teaches us about cats through history and how for example they kept the mail depots free of vermin! But it also gives you insights on various breeds and cat behaviour.

If you are a catlover or are looking for a gift for a catlover when this is your purrfect choice! Whats even better profits of this book go to Battersea Dogs & Cats home to help them with their re-homing projects and the general welfare projects conducted by them.

If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:

Paperback directly from the charity here for the UK.
Amazon UK by clicking here.
Amazon US by clicking here.
Amazon DE by clicking here.

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Book Mews: All Black Cats Are Not Alike

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Today we are looking at the book All Black Cats Are Not Alike by Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle:

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Every cat owner knows that no two cats are alike. This pitch-perfect illustrated book proves this simple fact by diving whiskers first into the unique personality, charisma and character of 50 real all-black cats. From Alfie, who “has no tolerance for wet humans or being ignored,” to Sashi, who “enjoys freeze-dried chicken by candlelight and full-on body rubs,” each cat comes to life through a lovingly hand-drawn portrait and quickwitted profile. Delightfully quirky and utterly charming, this motley crew of black cats will win over anyone with a dry sense of humour.

Our over-all verdict? We LOVE it! This book is filled with fun little stories of the various personalities of black cats around the world! It proofs that all cats are different (not that we all didn’t know this yet!) 🙂

And of course at times it’s just absolutely hilarious. 😀

If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:

Paperback directly from the Publisher here for the UK
Amazon UK by clicking here.
Amazon US by clicking here.
Amazon DE by clicking here.

More about the authors:
Amy Goldwasser
and Peter Arkle share a home, an office (Studio Goldsparkle) and two cats in New York’s East Village. Amy Goldwasser is an editor, writer and brand strategist. Her clients include Vogue, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, New York (where she created the award-winning Strategist section), Yahoo News, Salon and other publications. Her national media appearances include CNN, The Today Show and documentary film The September Issue. Peter Arkle is a freelance illustrator, frequently for magazines and newspapers (The New York Times, New York, The New Yorker, Time, Canadian Business, The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, Le Monde, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post). His illustrations for books include the textbooks Speak Up! and Let’s Communicate.

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Marc

Book Mews & Giveaway: Adorable Animal Stories to Brighten Your Day

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Today we are looking at the book Adorable Animal Stories to Brighten Your Day

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Amazing animal tales are reported on the television and in newspapers every day, entertaining, thrilling and delighting us all, and this is the most comprehensive collection of these joyous animal stories ever published. From the moving and miraculous, heart-warming and hilarious to the cute and courageous, 1001 Irresistible Animal Stories is the ultimate celebration of amazing animal-related antics.

Humans can learn a thing or two from the animal world about bravery, fortitude, survival and sheer zest for life. Inspired by the wonderful courage, and cleverness of our animal friends, this entertaining book is an uplifting collection of amazing but true animal tales!

Our verdict: When we first received the book we were intrigued by its title. What was it going to be about? What would it be like?
Once we started reading we just couldn’t put it down. 😀 The book is packed full with a variety of animal stories. From the funny ones to the unbelievable ones!
If you are an animal lover or know someone that is you’ve found the right book for some well needed distortion from every day life! The stories would be great for a train journey home or a lunch break. 🙂
Don’t believe us? Check out the sample page from the book below to get a small taster
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If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from the publisher’s website and will be available from the 8th of September onwards.
Amazon UK by clicking here.
Amazon US by clicking here.
Amazon DE by clicking here.

More about the author:
Robert Lodge
is a devoted animal lover and an experienced journalist and author, who has worked for a range of influential publications, including The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. His recent book credits include 1001 Great Football Moments and 1001 Bizarre Football Stories.

But now on to the giveaway! 😀

To be in it for a chance to win one of five copies of this book click here and complete any of the options below to gain chances!

Chances can be gained by the following methods:
1. For Tweeting about the event through the Giveaway Tool – 4 Entries
2. Sign up for our new newsletter via mail chimp – 5 Entries
3. Follow us or the Publisher on Twitter – 2 Entries
4. Visit us or the Publisher on Facebook – 1 Entry
6. Follow us on Pinterest – 2 Entries
7. Follow us on Bloglovin – 2 Entries
8. Make a comment stating you would like to enter and your email address on this post (for those that don’t use social media) – 4 Entries

Now for those of you in the UK that would like to enter don’t forget to click here. Giveaway ends on the 04th of October at 23.59 UK time.

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Marc

Book Mews & Worldwide Giveaway: They All Saw A Cat

Hi everyone,

Today we are looking at another adorable book from Chronicle Books whom is building up a record of books for young and old cat lovers alike at this rate!

The book is available as of today here in the UK. 🙂

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More details about the book below:

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .

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In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel’s simple, rhythmic prose and ingenious illustrations take readers on an imaginary walk alongside a cat. But while a child sees a cat that is soft and fluffy, a goldfish only sees terrible yellow eyes distorted by the lens of his fishbowl, a mouse mostly registers ferocious teeth and claws, and a bat sees a cat-shaped collection of white dots illuminating the dark.

Each animal’s vision of the cat is informed by a combination of proximity, physiology and emotion, in a quietly brilliant demonstration of the power of perception.

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Our overall verdict: If you have children or are a fan of cute books aimed at those of us that have stayed young when look no further! A brilliant look at how the perception of something can be different depending on the person or in this case the animals that see the cat. 😉

Not convinced yet by this? Check out the book trailer below. 😀

Giveaway:
So on to the giveaway before telling you where to purchase the book. To be in it for a chance to win this lovely book click here and complete any of the options below to gain chances!

Chances can be gained by the following methods:
1. For Tweeting about the event through the Giveaway Tool – 4 Entries
2. Sign up for our new newsletter via mail chimp – 5 Entries
3. Follow us or UStudio_Design on Twitter – 2 Entries
4. Follow us on Pinterest – 2 Entries
5. Follow us on Bloglovin – 2 Entries
6. Make a comment stating you would like to enter and your email address on this post (for those that don’t use social media) – 4 Entries

The giveaway will close on the 27th of September so don’t forget to enter before 23.59 UK time on that day.

If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:

For a listing of current retailers click here for the UK publishers website and here for the US website of the publisher.
Amazon UK by clicking here.
Amazon US by clicking here.
Amazon DE by clicking here.

About the Author:
Brendan_wenzel_Headshot_square_large_633bfe7a-2bbd-4b67-8c12-84a22024cdce_largeBrendan Wenzel is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, his work has appeared in animations, magazines and children’s books including Some Bugs and Some Pets authored by Angela DiTerlizzi. They All Saw a Cat is his debut as both author and illustrator.

About Chronicle Books
One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute

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