The Cat's Pajamas: 101 of the World's Cutest Cats (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/5/19
As the French novelist Colette proclaimed, "There are no ordinary cats." And there's nothing ordinary about the fabulous felines in this stunning collection of cat characters. From the proud Abyssinian to the Classic Tabby, The Cat's Pajamas is a complete compendium of the world's cutest cats.
Rachael Hale, an internationally acclaimed photographer and cat devotee, is adept at capturing the unique charm of every cat she photographs. Along with her gorgeous portraits, The Cat's Pajamas provides information on each breed, details of temperament, color, and history, as well as fascinating anecdotes.
Photographer and bestselling author Rachael Hale is one of the world's most popular and successful photographers. Her endearing images have been published on greeting cards, calendars, posters, and stationery around the world, and her books have sold over 2.5 million copies in 11 languages. Born and raised in New Zealand, Rachael now lives in the south of France with her husband Andrew and their Dalmatian Boxer-cross named Kizzie.
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Smitten: A Kitten's Guide to Happiness or
101 Cataclysms: For the Love of Cats.
Some of the repeated photos were smaller or black & white in the earlier books.
Also there is not the nice little bits of info about the cat and taking the photos that are at the back of the other books.
Lovely book of cat photos, but I wish they had all (101) been new pictures.
This theory was only half-right. I did find a winner, but there is nothing quiet about my daughter's enjoyment of this book.
"Mommyo, there's a cat in a bag, can you believe your eyes?"
"Mommyo, there's a cat wearing glasses! That's so silly!"
"Mommyo, that cat's purple!"
(No, really, apparently British Shorthairs come in purple now. Well, lilac, if you want to get technical about it.)
This book is clearly a big hit with my daughter, who has fallen asleep clutching it more than once.
I like many things about it too. There are several breeds in here that I've never heard of, and Hale does a good job of succinctly describing the origins of those rarer (and/or newer) breeds.
My main criticism of the book is that the subtitle, "101 of the World's Cutest Cats," sets an impossibly high bar for a book that doesn't include a single tortoiseshell cat.
Also, with a few exceptions such as the silver shaded Chinchilla Persian on p. 150, the chocolate Mandalay on p. 66, and the cream Devon Rex on p 52, Hale's photos are simply extremely competent images of cats being cats. Here and there Hale shows her subjects doing something unexpected and adorable, but for the most part, her images lack the artistry of Anne Geddes or the humor of William Wegman. The cover photo actually is a pretty good example of what I mean. The photo is cute, but cat-wearing-bow is hardly a surprising or original concept.
That said, my daughter (who has never heard of either Geddes or Wegman) clearly doesn't care. She just loves having a photo album of her beloved kittens.
(Review originally published on my blog: Caterpickles--Scientific and Linguistic Engagement with a 4 year old mind, [...])
My problem with this book was that it was advertised by Amazon Fulfillment as "new". However, when I received the book, the dust jacket had lots of wear and tear on it, and it looks like someone had been using it as a hard surface to write on, because there are indentations and scuff marks all over it. It looks like a used book, and is in "good" condition at best. If this had been a gift for someone other than a child (who likely won't notice such things), I would have sent it back.