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A stylish, illustrated gift book from an award-winning artist that profiles notable cat-loving men throughout history in words and pictures. Of Cats and Men presents a fresh approach to cat entertainment that’s smart, sweet, and driven by beautiful art (instead of tacky photography, as many cat books are). Appealing to both men and women, the “cat men” approach is a fun twi A stylish, illustrated gift book from an award-winning artist that profiles notable cat-loving men throughout history in words and pictures. Of Cats and Men presents a fresh approach to cat entertainment that’s smart, sweet, and driven by beautiful art (instead of tacky photography, as many cat books are). Appealing to both men and women, the “cat men” approach is a fun twist on the “cat lady” stereotype and makes for a highly giftable book. The 30 men profiled range from writers and artists such as Haruki Murakami, T.S. Eliot, William S. Burroughs, and Ai Weiwei, to historical luminaries such as Sir Winston Churchill, Nikola Tesla, and Sir Isaac Newton. In addition to the portraits, the book features beautifully hand-lettered quotes about cats by some of the men, including Twain’s “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”


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A stylish, illustrated gift book from an award-winning artist that profiles notable cat-loving men throughout history in words and pictures. Of Cats and Men presents a fresh approach to cat entertainment that’s smart, sweet, and driven by beautiful art (instead of tacky photography, as many cat books are). Appealing to both men and women, the “cat men” approach is a fun twi A stylish, illustrated gift book from an award-winning artist that profiles notable cat-loving men throughout history in words and pictures. Of Cats and Men presents a fresh approach to cat entertainment that’s smart, sweet, and driven by beautiful art (instead of tacky photography, as many cat books are). Appealing to both men and women, the “cat men” approach is a fun twist on the “cat lady” stereotype and makes for a highly giftable book. The 30 men profiled range from writers and artists such as Haruki Murakami, T.S. Eliot, William S. Burroughs, and Ai Weiwei, to historical luminaries such as Sir Winston Churchill, Nikola Tesla, and Sir Isaac Newton. In addition to the portraits, the book features beautifully hand-lettered quotes about cats by some of the men, including Twain’s “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”

30 review for Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Statesmen

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History’s Great Cat- loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Statesmen by Sam Kalda is a 2016 Ten Speed Press publication. What a delightful book! As a cat lover, I’ve heard all the old clichés, and usually laugh along good naturedly, but I’m happy to see people embracing our feline friends more than ever these days, and am especially happy to report more men are stepping out from behind the shadows of us ‘crazy cat ladies’ to boldly proclaim their love for these most Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History’s Great Cat- loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Statesmen by Sam Kalda is a 2016 Ten Speed Press publication. What a delightful book! As a cat lover, I’ve heard all the old clichés, and usually laugh along good naturedly, but I’m happy to see people embracing our feline friends more than ever these days, and am especially happy to report more men are stepping out from behind the shadows of us ‘crazy cat ladies’ to boldly proclaim their love for these most majestic of creatures. This book is short, mainly made up of some of the most charming illustrations of famous male cat lovers with their furry friends, and gives a brief accounting of the relationship between these famous men and their feline companions, as well as providing some insightful quotes along the way. The ‘blurb’ give you a list of the famous cat loving men featured in this book, so I won’t go over that again, but one of my favorite quotes was from poet Charles Bukowski: “If you’re feeling bad, you just look at the cats, you’ll feel better, because they know that everything is, just as it is. There’s nothing to get excited about. They just know. They’re saviours. The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you’ll ten times longer than if you have ten. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It’s truly ridiculous.” The illustrations are what makes this book so special! Wonderful, colorful drawings, that translate surprisingly well in digital format!! So, no matter which format you enjoy, this book is must for cat lovers, and would make a lovely gift!! 4 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    🐅Interesting, even if extremely high-level. It's not even bird's flight height level overview, but rather space flight level. I prefer to get a lot more 'meat' on the subjects I read about. Anyway, it's just me not the book.🐈 🐅Interesting, even if extremely high-level. It's not even bird's flight height level overview, but rather space flight level. I prefer to get a lot more 'meat' on the subjects I read about. Anyway, it's just me not the book.🐈

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lynx

    Super adorable and surprisingly informative little book about famous men and their feline friends. Lovely artwork and 2-5 paragraphs about each man so you get a little bio along with their connection to their fur buddies. Perfect gift for any cat lover in your life! *Thank you Ten Speed Press and Netgalley for this review copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Anze

    The "crazy cat lady" title is easily thrown around but there is a whole other faction of "crazy cat men" and they were/are just as openly enthusiastic about their feline companions. This brief book was both informative and highly entertaining. Giving a short background of famous men that love(d) cats, its the lovely illustrastions that really make this book pop. From artists to thinkers and from leaders to statesman, cats have captivated the mind and imagination of a wide range of men. In many c The "crazy cat lady" title is easily thrown around but there is a whole other faction of "crazy cat men" and they were/are just as openly enthusiastic about their feline companions. This brief book was both informative and highly entertaining. Giving a short background of famous men that love(d) cats, its the lovely illustrastions that really make this book pop. From artists to thinkers and from leaders to statesman, cats have captivated the mind and imagination of a wide range of men. In many cases, heavily influencing their work. In others being part of their trademark itself. The overall sentiment of this work shows that these cats were/are more than mere pets. They were muses, companions, inspiration sources and just a good energy to have around. I definitely understand that thought. A charming and delightful book overall. One cat that particularly stood out for me was Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld's cat. He came to meet Choupette by chance and could not let her go afterwards. Choupette has to be one of the most pampered cats ever. As the unofficial face of Chanel, Choupette had a brief modeling career that earned her $3.18 million, has personal maids and followers on social media in the thousands. Lagerfeld himself said that if it was permitted, he would marry her. So there is that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.

    A really fun, fully colored book that looks at famous men in history who were also cat lovers. There are direct quotes from the men that speak directly to how much having a cat affected their lives in positive ways. Half of the quotes I won’t to get put onto a sign and hung in my house! I just loved it! Some of the famous people mentioned are Haruki Murakami, Nikola Tesla, David Bowie, Churchill, Sir Issac Newton, Mark Twain, and Marlon Brando. I would highly recommend this short little book to A really fun, fully colored book that looks at famous men in history who were also cat lovers. There are direct quotes from the men that speak directly to how much having a cat affected their lives in positive ways. Half of the quotes I won’t to get put onto a sign and hung in my house! I just loved it! Some of the famous people mentioned are Haruki Murakami, Nikola Tesla, David Bowie, Churchill, Sir Issac Newton, Mark Twain, and Marlon Brando. I would highly recommend this short little book to any and all cat lovers! I also loved the artwork in the book, again I want to print them out as posters and hang them all over my house! Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    My kinda people. Full review to follow.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is one of those books that really is for the cat lovers out there. If you love cats, you will want to know what famous men through of these cats, men such as Sir Winston Churchill and Nikola Tesla. T.S. Eliot and Edward Lear. Mark Twain and Sir Isaac Newton. Each one has a quote, and a little bit about how they felt about cats beyond the quote, such as the one by Terry Pratchett, "In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.". The stories are one page long, w This is one of those books that really is for the cat lovers out there. If you love cats, you will want to know what famous men through of these cats, men such as Sir Winston Churchill and Nikola Tesla. T.S. Eliot and Edward Lear. Mark Twain and Sir Isaac Newton. Each one has a quote, and a little bit about how they felt about cats beyond the quote, such as the one by Terry Pratchett, "In ancient times, cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.". The stories are one page long, with an illustration of each man with his cat. Each story, of course, is how a cat played a part of the great man's life. This would make a perfect gift book. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shabbeer Hassan

    So it all started when someone recently said that men generally prefer dogs and women cats. Now I love pets and have been pet sitting for my friend's pets' since ages. So, I began wondering whether this is yet another lame and divisive "men are from mars, women from venus..." remark and just pandering to the dated notion of correlating a doggo love with machoism. What does history say about this? And lo and behold after hunting for books on cats in the library especially whether cats and men toge So it all started when someone recently said that men generally prefer dogs and women cats. Now I love pets and have been pet sitting for my friend's pets' since ages. So, I began wondering whether this is yet another lame and divisive "men are from mars, women from venus..." remark and just pandering to the dated notion of correlating a doggo love with machoism. What does history say about this? And lo and behold after hunting for books on cats in the library especially whether cats and men together are not misnomers, I hit upon this wonderfully compiled and drawn book. With beautiful portraits and neat biographical details, it proves that the empty notion of how "men can't love cats". is just plain balmy! My Rating - 5/5

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Trying to figure out how best to contribute to society in hopes of being included in a future edition of this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bill Powers

    Cute little illustrated book that men who love cats will appreciate. They are the most precious little beast! "When a Man Loves Cats, I am his Friend and Comrade without further Introduction." - Mark Twain. Cute little illustrated book that men who love cats will appreciate. They are the most precious little beast! "When a Man Loves Cats, I am his Friend and Comrade without further Introduction." - Mark Twain.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Purr, trill, coo, chirp, warble. And chirrup. Even though this is WAY ahead of the publication date, I could not resist a book entitled Of Cat and Men. From my blog and my own family, I know that kitty loving is not just a female occupation. Many of my friends on-line are of the male purrsuasion. They are as crazy about us as the ladies. It's nice to read a book that highlights some of the biggest cat lovers in history. They span all professions and all times. Their common Princess Fuzzypants here: Purr, trill, coo, chirp, warble. And chirrup. Even though this is WAY ahead of the publication date, I could not resist a book entitled Of Cat and Men. From my blog and my own family, I know that kitty loving is not just a female occupation. Many of my friends on-line are of the male purrsuasion. They are as crazy about us as the ladies. It's nice to read a book that highlights some of the biggest cat lovers in history. They span all professions and all times. Their common link is the recognition of the special relationship we felines have bestowed upon the human race. Unlike dogs, we do not need you so when you have been chosen, it is an honour. We can be your inspiration. We can be your mewse. We simply can be your companion, your equal (if we are feeling magnanimous). The author admits right up front that he is smitten with kittens as are so many humans. I must commend him for having superlative taste. I will give this book five purrs and two paws up.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is a fun book full of anecdotes of famous men and the cats in their lives. Some of those mentioned are Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway, Nicola Tesla, Mark Twain, and of course T.S. Eliot. The art work is beautiful and there are also some fun cat quotes sprinkled throughout.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Franziska

    Love. Love. Love. This book about men and their beloved cats featuring Sam Kalda's unique illustrations is a perfect gift for any cat lover. It's also a nice introduction to some lesser known (and very well known) "cat men" and their fascinating lives. I'll definitely recommend this book to all of my fellow cat lovers and friends. Love. Love. Love. This book about men and their beloved cats featuring Sam Kalda's unique illustrations is a perfect gift for any cat lover. It's also a nice introduction to some lesser known (and very well known) "cat men" and their fascinating lives. I'll definitely recommend this book to all of my fellow cat lovers and friends.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Malvika

    I want to thank the creator of this book for telling the world that there are crazy cat men too! From T.S. Eliot to Tesla to Freddie Mercury, the book tells us the relationship famous men in history shared with their cats. The best part about the book? The stunning illustrations, of both the men and their beautiful feline companions.

  15. 4 out of 5

    sol

    I really enjoyed reading this book, as I am a cat-lover myself. The main thing I want to talk about is the art. The art in this book is simply amazing: it’s not overly done, and there isn’t too much going on to distract the eye from the intended message. In fact, the artwork is quite minimal, which I feel like added to the overall quality of this book. I loved the subtle humor the author included: “it’s certainly one of the rarest and most desired books on cats in existence. Besides this one, of I really enjoyed reading this book, as I am a cat-lover myself. The main thing I want to talk about is the art. The art in this book is simply amazing: it’s not overly done, and there isn’t too much going on to distract the eye from the intended message. In fact, the artwork is quite minimal, which I feel like added to the overall quality of this book. I loved the subtle humor the author included: “it’s certainly one of the rarest and most desired books on cats in existence. Besides this one, of course.” The cover is also very cute- I just loved the overall layout and concept of the book. If the author is going to keep writing more books with similar layouts and designs, I’m definitely going to be buying them- how can I resist such adorable books?! The only thing that I didn’t like about the book was that I felt like he frequently addressed the male audience only- and there were a couple of times in the book when I thought that perhaps he had written this book solely for men. Overall, this was a quick light read, and very enjoyable, and I really hope Kalda plans on publishing more books because I definitely enjoyed his debut book. He could publish a book on grass and I’d still read it if he includes his amazing art. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Read my full review at: https://bobabooks.wordpress.com/2017/...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    I just can't turn away from a book that features cats, lol. And the pairing of cats with historical figures was appealing also. The book takes a semi-humorous, semi-serious look at the saying that dogs are man's best friend then goes on to explain why, in the author's opinion at least, cats deserve to be man's special friend too. "Of Cats and Men" is a short book, only about 100 pages, with short biographies of men from around the world throughout history who either had cats in their lives or we I just can't turn away from a book that features cats, lol. And the pairing of cats with historical figures was appealing also. The book takes a semi-humorous, semi-serious look at the saying that dogs are man's best friend then goes on to explain why, in the author's opinion at least, cats deserve to be man's special friend too. "Of Cats and Men" is a short book, only about 100 pages, with short biographies of men from around the world throughout history who either had cats in their lives or were important to cats in some way. The emphasis of the book is on the humans more than the cats. If you want to learn more about the cats in the lives of the men portrayed, you'll be disappointed as details are few at best. But if you are curious about which great historical men have been cat lovers, this is the book for you. The book contains illustrations of each of the men, sometimes with cat, sometimes sans cat, and there are also quotes about cats scattered throughout the book. Written with humor, and affection for cats, the book makes a good gift or coffee table book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Casey Wheeler

    This is a quick and fascinating read. The subtitle of the book says it all - "Profiles of History's Great Cat-Loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen. The autor covers a broad spectrum of time and individuals and how their relationships with their cats helped them relax. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has a relations with their cat or would like to have a relationship with a cat. I received a free  copy of  Of Cats and Men by Sam Kalda courtesy of Blogging for Books and Ten S This is a quick and fascinating read. The subtitle of the book says it all - "Profiles of History's Great Cat-Loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen. The autor covers a broad spectrum of time and individuals and how their relationships with their cats helped them relax. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has a relations with their cat or would like to have a relationship with a cat. I received a free  copy of  Of Cats and Men by Sam Kalda courtesy of Blogging for Books and Ten Speed Press the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Blogging for Books, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my history book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary Eve

    Sam Kalda gives us a glimpse into the relationship between famous men and their beloved cats. Hemingway, Tesla, Mark Twain, Jean Cocteau, Andy Warhol, and Winston Churchill were all cat lovers. Cats are mystical creatures. They've been revered for centuries. Intelligent, artistic men need an equally intellectual animal to keep them company, act as muses, or simply cuddle. Kalda's fabulously illustrated book offers quotes from the world's greatest writers, artists, musicians, thinkers, and states Sam Kalda gives us a glimpse into the relationship between famous men and their beloved cats. Hemingway, Tesla, Mark Twain, Jean Cocteau, Andy Warhol, and Winston Churchill were all cat lovers. Cats are mystical creatures. They've been revered for centuries. Intelligent, artistic men need an equally intellectual animal to keep them company, act as muses, or simply cuddle. Kalda's fabulously illustrated book offers quotes from the world's greatest writers, artists, musicians, thinkers, and statesmen. They say dogs are man's best friend. After this fun read, I'm not so sure. *Received this book from bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Richard

    A book about men from the past and present who adore cats. There were some interesting tidbits about figures such as Hemingway, Freddy Mercury, and Marlon Brando, but I really purchased this book for the illustrations. Simple, colorful, and narrative, Kalda's illustrations make you linger and think a little harder about the men profiled. A book about men from the past and present who adore cats. There were some interesting tidbits about figures such as Hemingway, Freddy Mercury, and Marlon Brando, but I really purchased this book for the illustrations. Simple, colorful, and narrative, Kalda's illustrations make you linger and think a little harder about the men profiled.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cintia Aleixo

    Provided by Netgalley in exchange for a review Adorable book, full of wit. A delight to read, with super cute illustrations. Such a gift from netgalley. Love it! Full of cats and wisdom, so it's perfect Provided by Netgalley in exchange for a review Adorable book, full of wit. A delight to read, with super cute illustrations. Such a gift from netgalley. Love it! Full of cats and wisdom, so it's perfect

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hazel (Stay Bookish)

    Love the aesthetics from the illustrations to the hand lettering and love the appreciation for cats and cat-loving men. Sam Kalda is clever to put together this compilation!

  22. 5 out of 5

    ✧Hessa✧

    A book about cats must have 5 stars 😻✨

  23. 5 out of 5

    C.C. Berke

    Of Cats and Men was an entertaining and quick read filled with short snippets and fun illustrations about famous men and their feline companions. Not only did I learn more about names I vaguely recognized, I also found another author to add to my Goodreads shelf and a new Instagram account to follow. I gave this book five stars because it accomplished exactly what it set out to do.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vivian Rapacciuolo

    i love my cat

  25. 5 out of 5

    Astrid

    This book is delightful, witty, and inspiring. With a full-page work of art by the author/illustrator for each subject, it is also a visual treat.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is a smart, quirky, feminist and fun collection of brief biographies of famous men who've bucked gender constraints and loved them some cats. Right up this queer girl’s alley. First, the writing is great. The biographies are smart and just telling enough to sate the uncurious and whet the appetites of more interested folks. But most importantly, the illustrations here are gorgeous--distinctly styled but not gimmicky, clever but not MERELY clever. As a cat-lover (who is, however, not a "crazy This is a smart, quirky, feminist and fun collection of brief biographies of famous men who've bucked gender constraints and loved them some cats. Right up this queer girl’s alley. First, the writing is great. The biographies are smart and just telling enough to sate the uncurious and whet the appetites of more interested folks. But most importantly, the illustrations here are gorgeous--distinctly styled but not gimmicky, clever but not MERELY clever. As a cat-lover (who is, however, not a "crazy cat lady"... this is my only book about cats) and a lover of redemptive history, this is one of my new favorite books. I show it to everyone. What, perhaps, I love most about its aim is that it cares about and redeems the cat-loving man. With the possible exception of that grisly sea-captain Hemmingway with his famous 6-toed cats, cat affection has been cast as distinctly feminine and, thus, in men, a sign of queerness. It makes me happy that this book doesn’t address that with homophobic denials (“no, no, real men can like cats, too!”), but simply presses forward with profiles of men—all kinds of men—who love cats. It’s a quietly-great answer to the requirements for gender conformity: one can legitimately be a femme man or a butch man (or any kind of man, really), and all kinds of men can do things we used to think of as too femme (as the kids used to say, “so gay”). But that’s a quiet benefit of this book, not its outward aim. What it does, quite simply, is present interesting portraits of interesting men who were famous and to whom cats were important. Finally, I’m not a qualified art critic, though I’ve written my share of criticism anyway, but I will say that I absolutely LOVE the illustrations here. They remind my uneducated eye a bit of a 1950s style of illustration, as does the color palette, which, coupled with the subject matter, only adds to the redemptive and smart feeling of this collection. I’d say that the illustrations are the point—that’s how wonderful they are—but I’d be shortchanging the biographies, which also feel like the point. As I said, I show everyone this book. I love this book. Sam Kalda, your next book should be profiles of fat old ladies who read books and write reviews of them and live in New York and have two dogs and a cane and wear glasses. Go!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.✨/5 I am someone who loves reading about artists and writers and the quirky little things about them. I love reading weird things they were obsessed about. This book fed into that stalking behaviour of mine, and it also taught me a lot about cats. I developed an affinity for cats very recently. So this was eye-opening as well. But what made this book work for me was the exquisite art that it had to offer. It had alot of caricatures and sketches of the cat-men along with their feline f Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.✨/5 I am someone who loves reading about artists and writers and the quirky little things about them. I love reading weird things they were obsessed about. This book fed into that stalking behaviour of mine, and it also taught me a lot about cats. I developed an affinity for cats very recently. So this was eye-opening as well. But what made this book work for me was the exquisite art that it had to offer. It had alot of caricatures and sketches of the cat-men along with their feline friends, and each drawing was customised to suit the particular person and their quirks. Of all the caricatures, the one I loved the most was the picture of Freddie Mercury with his cat Delilah. The book was a fun read, it introduced me to a lot of new books that I have added to my TBR, but most importantly it was a source of comfort during the September-October period this year. It kept me company during nights I had trouble sleeping. This book was extra special because around the same time I was reading it, a friend of mine had just adopted a kitten and I've been watching him grow ever since. And I was able to relate a lot of the things mentioned about the feline friends of these "Cat Men" to my friend's cat. Many famous personalities like T.S. Eliot, Nikola Tesla, Isaac Newton, Ernest Hemingway among a few. I would highly recommend this to all the cat lovers out there.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy Softa

    The synopsis is pretty spot on for this book. It is a charming little gift or coffee table book featuring profiles of famous cat-loving men throughout history. Many of them you will know but some might be surprising. The book is handsomely illustrated and features quotes from many of the men profiled in the book. The book isn’t very long and would make a great gift for the cat man or woman in your life. I have been fortunate to share my home one and might save my copy for him for Father’s Day. Af The synopsis is pretty spot on for this book. It is a charming little gift or coffee table book featuring profiles of famous cat-loving men throughout history. Many of them you will know but some might be surprising. The book is handsomely illustrated and features quotes from many of the men profiled in the book. The book isn’t very long and would make a great gift for the cat man or woman in your life. I have been fortunate to share my home one and might save my copy for him for Father’s Day. After all, our cats are our children and he might appreciate the recognition and to see what great company he keeps. Not a lot more to say. It was a quick read and of exceptional quality printing wise. I liked it but wasn’t overly excited about it. It was interesting but nothing profound inside its pages. I still think it is a tad overpriced at $16.00 but at least you get something worthy of giving. I Received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    ABOUT: Of Cats and Men Profiles of History's Great Cat-Loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen By: Sam Kalda Humor-Animals ISBN: 978-0-399-57844-1 Retails for: US $16 / $22 CAN IMPRESSION: If you love witty and charming books with absolutely adorable illustrations, about some of the most notable men in history, who were also very fond of cats, then this book is for you! The covers are beautiful on this book and the pages throughout the entire book are equally beautiful. There are 30 "Cat Men" inc ABOUT: Of Cats and Men Profiles of History's Great Cat-Loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen By: Sam Kalda Humor-Animals ISBN: 978-0-399-57844-1 Retails for: US $16 / $22 CAN IMPRESSION: If you love witty and charming books with absolutely adorable illustrations, about some of the most notable men in history, who were also very fond of cats, then this book is for you! The covers are beautiful on this book and the pages throughout the entire book are equally beautiful. There are 30 "Cat Men" included inside along with many quotes about the much celebrated cat on the pages by many recognizable names. (Mark Twain, Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway, Karl Lagerfeld to name a few!) If the informative mini history lessons don't draw you in, then the drawings will. I was engaged the entire time reading. The illustrations are really well done. Great concept, well delivered. I look forward to more work from Sam Kalda. I rate this book a 5/5. This book would make a fantastic Father's Day gift for the cat loving man in your life!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Definitely not a children's book unless you want to explain womanizing, alcohol, and Balthus to a child. I didn't think it was a children's book picking it up, but I just hope no one does and makes the mistake. There's kind of weird fixation on "gentlemanly/dandy" & "masculine" here; they appear multiple times throughout the book which kinda alienated me as a reader. You don't need to justify liking cats by saying how masculine men who like cats are. Liking cats is not emasculating, nor is it fem Definitely not a children's book unless you want to explain womanizing, alcohol, and Balthus to a child. I didn't think it was a children's book picking it up, but I just hope no one does and makes the mistake. There's kind of weird fixation on "gentlemanly/dandy" & "masculine" here; they appear multiple times throughout the book which kinda alienated me as a reader. You don't need to justify liking cats by saying how masculine men who like cats are. Liking cats is not emasculating, nor is it feminine...? If I wrote this book's counterpart on Great women liking dogs, should I include "ladylike" & "feminine"? The answer is no. I thought it was going to be a book more about the relationships between these Greats and their cats - more or less, it was a very generalized synopsis of their life and, oh yeah, plus their cats. I felt like the writing style wasn't what I was expecting nor did it please me, as I don't really like being constantly reminded that I'm reading a book throughout the book (e.i., "dear reader"). Illustrations were absolutely lovely and I adored them, however.

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