Simon’s Cat

Simon’s Cat (In His Very Own Book)
By Simon Tofield
New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2009
Review by Carl McColman

The Promise of ParadoxMove over, Garfield, Dewey, LOLCats, and all those adorable cats by Kliban… here come’s “Simon’s Cat,” who insinuated himself (herself?) into my heart with a huge baseball bat. Twenty-five million Youtube fans later, Simon’s irrepressible puss has now landed a major book deal, with Simon’s Cat the first of what we can hope will be many releases. The drawings are whimsical, almost primitive, in their simple depictions of life, the universe and everything from a cat’s-eye view. Of course, everything revolves around the holy trinity of naps, playtime, and the food bowl. If you, or anyone you love, are owned by cats, you’ll find this book to be plenty of fun and dead-on accurate in its depiction of the glories of serving our four-legged masters. And I suppose I don’t need to point out that this is a wonderful holiday gift idea.

Now, if only they could figure out how to encode Youtube videos into the pages of a book (a non-Kindle-ized book, that is)…


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