Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cute Cats

I've been on a bit of a humor/cat photography book kick of late. For the sake of my (and your) sanity, I'm just going to group the books I'm referring to here in one post. I just don't think there's enough to them to be able to do them justice in solo reviews. At the same time, I still want to say something about them.

Cat's Cradle
Cat's Cradle
Ron Spillman, Jack Ramsay, Paul Dehn
Copyright: 1961

An oldie and a goodie. I've been reading this one for years now - it was given to my Mom when she was young. Every time I read it, it brings a smile to my face - especially now when I've had two kittens (now cats). The antics that the kitten and puppy get into in Cat's Cradle are exactly the kind of things I found Maddie and Jenny doing when they were kittens (and still do to some extent, though it's less cute now they've grown up).

The black and white photographs in here are sure to bring a smile to any cat-lover's face, as is the text, although some of the references are a bit dated.


Ernie: A Photographer's Memoir - Tony Mendoza
Ernie: A Photographer's Memoir
Tony Mendoza
Chronicle Books
Copyright: 2001

The product description:
Ernie: A Photographer's Memoir was first published by a small Santa Barbara press in 1985. By all accounts, Ernie was a phenomenon, selling an estimated 100,000 copies. Photographer Tony Mendoza had captured the mercurial character of that irascible, self-possessed, utterly lovable cat, telling the curiously moving story of their relationship in the voices of both himself and Ernie. Our beautifully produced hardcover edition of this classic tale is poised to charm legions of new readers. Featuring never-before-published pictures, and a few more private thoughts from Ernie himself, Ernie is sure to steal hearts all over again.
Another of Mom's books, and another one that will bring a smile to any cat-lover's face. The photos in this book are amazing and yet again you'll see your own cat in Ernie. The dual perspectives in the book are amusing too, as the text is a combination of Tony Mendoza and the thoughts of Ernie, the cat.

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