Notes From The Feline Underbelly
Author: Molly Brandenburg
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (November 3, 2011)
Note: I received a review copy of this book free from the the author, Molly Brandenburg. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.
Ratings: ★ ★ ★
I actually accepted the request for my kids (6 and 3 y.o.) as I was told that the book is appropriate for cat lovers of all ages. Both my kids love to play with cats... and hamster, fish, birds, chickens - yes they have chickens as pets! I was out running some errands when my husband read the text and showed the illustrations to ours kids. They were frowning when they handed the book to me right after I got home. I thought it would be something they would enjoy reading, apparently, my kids found the illustrations too weird.
Okay, so mommy read the book instead. I'm not a cat-lover and as far as I can remember, I've only held one cat once in my life when I had been forced to bring that cat to my cousin's house. Anyway, I read the book and honestly, I had a good laugh just by looking at the illustrations especially the cat's expressions. I see those expressions all the time when I'm feeding their cats or when the cats are near our neighbor's doggies. I even shared some of the funny illustrations to my husband one time he's out with the kid's pets.
Some children may find the illustrations too weird, maybe because they love to see colored pictures. I also found the text too complex for younger kids to understand. I honestly don't think this is appropriate for younger children below nine.
About the book:
Get ready, get set, MEOW! Are you ready for the truth? Can you even handle the TRUTH? For cat cartoon enthusiasts, the truth has arrived, in cartoonist Molly Brandenburg’s THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS. It’s the funny, furry, follow-up to Brandenburg’s first book of cat cartoons, EVERYDAY CAT EXCUSES, the hilarious exploration of the inner life of cats, published by Sterling Books in 2008. Brandenburg’s cartoons are also currently a regular feature of the political website Restoringtruthiness.org. THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS is a random series of cat cartoons that explores the major issues of the kitty universe, including theological concerns, sleeping in piles of other cats, and the real question of who exactly has first dibs on the kibble bowl.
The book also introduces Frankie the cat, the loveably soulful cat with his eyes on a Hollywood career. In a series of lively line drawings, Frankie’s story is revealed, as this weight-challenged black and white cat finds his status on the home front threatened when a tabby kitten moves in and takes over his special place on the bed. Small issues, perhaps, to humankind, but to a feline, finding the right place on the owner’s bed is big time stuff, to be sure! THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS reveals all this and more. It’s sure to be the cat’s meow for cat lovers of every age. Available early November 2011 on Createspace.com and on Amazon.com! The truth is out there. And it’s sure to have a lot of fleas.
About the Author:
Molly Brandenburg is a writer, cartoonist, comedy performer and singer. Her cartoons have been published in newspapers and magazines, as well as the political website RestoringTruthiness.org. Her first book of cartoons, EVERYDAY CAT EXCUSES was published in 2008 by Sterling Books. When not drawing cartoons, Ms. Brandenburg performs as comedy lounge singer Miss Peggy Judy, who can be seen at PeggyJudy.com. Molly lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Emma, and their three cats, Frank, Ava and Angel.