Elvira Mistress of Felinity here with the long-awaited book review promised in a blog post on March 25th.
In that post I announced that we had been contacted by a publisher and given an opportunity to review a new book and help publicize a very special feline adoption event to occur at the end of April and that we had received the book and would, all 3 of us, read it.
Sneakers and I have read the book...and Friday will do so as well (She was too horny, in recent days, for me to trust her with the task, and is getting her Hoohawectomy today, hee, hee!). Her other task was to explore the website of the shelter helping promote Tabby Day and do some research on the event; she will put the finishing touches on all this as she recovers from today and will post before the end of the month.
The book is by humans named Sandy Robins and Paul Smulson, and is called Making the Most of All Nine Lives: The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat (Triumph Books - release date = April 15, 2016).
It is a 128 page photo/humor book for cats and their feline loving humans.
The promo literature explains..."born into the body of an orange tabby, Buffy has experienced life in a way most humans never do".
The book doesn't take the brains of a rocket scientist to read and understand as it is nothing more than photos of Buffy as our hero experiences activities that humans enjoy and shares his thoughts about those activities.
The activities chosen for Buffy to experience are a varied lot and the scenes are nicely set up and photographed.
Buffy's thoughts about his experiences are comments and wisecracks suitable in length, for the most part, to be used on Twitter.
This is not Shakespussy or Tolstortie, folks, so laugh a little, or a lot, your mileage will vary.
My favorite part of the book? The Intro. It is where the writer and the photographer (Buffy's dad), explain themselves over 2 1/2 pages.
As for what Buffy was up to? I loved the "Billy Goat Tavern", "chess match", "souvenir stand" and "inner meow" shots for their realism; serious scenes that bring out the laugh in the reader and viewer because feline and human can totally relate to such a scene having done, or seen, something similar themselves.
Now, let me turn things over to Sneakers the Texian Tuxedo....
Unlike stodgy Elvira I was more attracted to many of the sillier shots and commentary.
I was also more ready to believe the claim made that no trick photography was used in the taking of the photos, even the more silly set-ups.
I mean, look at OUR photos over the years! Daddy can't photo-edit himself out of a paper bag for cryin' out loud!
It's my job to tell you a bit about the humans responsible for this small masterpiece and about Buffy.
Sandy Robins is an award-winning multimedia pet lifestyle expert and has her own website.
She spends her time documenting the wonderful relationship that we have with our humans highlighting trends and innovative ideas as they happen to occur to us and/or the humans.
She is an award-winning speaker, lecturer and writer whose work has appeared in magazines and books, on TV and radio, as well as all over the internet, including many sites familiar to pet bloggers.
Her website goes into interesting detail about all of this and will keep your human entertained for hours and is good for the feline trying to cut down on the number of hours a day spent napping and snoozing.
Buffy's human, Paul Smulson, is an oral surgeon, which means he digs around in the human mouth, fixing things, for a living. He was also a photojournalist for a time and his images have appeared online and in newspapers and magazines.
As a long-time animal lover he photographed animals in zoos all over the world...then decided it was more fun and interesting to focus on Buffy, his cat.
As for Buffy...he is billed as "the world’s greatest copycat of human activities and a legend in his own lifetime."
Buffy and his human work together on the website, and it is worth a look for its link to Buffy's Facebook page "blog" , as well as 6 videos as well as links to petfinder and Buffy's half a dozen other social sites.
Robins and Smulson, with the help of Buffy and one of New York City's most reputable shelters, Bideawee, and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals are helping to launch the book, and celebrate the first-ever National Tabby Day (celebrating cats of all varieties, National Tabby Day was April 9th!), at an event scheduled for Saturday, April 30 in Manhattan.
Friday the Bearded Lady, as a tie-in to her reporting on her Hoohawectomy and the organizations connected with the program that provided it, will be doing a blog post on National Tabby Day to be shared before the big event.
Elvira and I spent this morning, while Daddy Kiril and Friday were gone, and this afternoon, putting the finishing touches on this post and we hope you find it as fun and informative to read as we did putting it all together.
NOTE - 4/22 - Friday's posts are up!
*****UPDATE - 1pm 4/13/16*****
Elvira, here, to share a very kind comment left to this post a little over an hour ago and promoted to this place of honor:
Buffy is purring with delight.Thank you for your lovely review Opinionated Pussycats!
We are very honored!