Thursday, July 7, 2011
It Takes a Cat . . . To Advise a Cat
Thanks to a shipping error from Amazon.com, Scowl-Face received a credit to purchase some good books for moi to do the readers' advisory thing. He did, and I am, so here goes.
Dear Sparkle: Cat-to-Cat Advice From the World's Foremost Feline Columnist, by Sparkle the Cat [Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, 2010, ISBN 978-1-4405-0379-5 (pbk.); eISBN 978-1-4405-0735-9 (ebook)]. Available from Amazon.com and elsewhere.
"Cat experts" are often humans, and, with all due respect, humans cannot possibly know as much about felines as the authentic article. Cats deserve sage advice from the only authoritative source--another kitty--and Sparkle the Designer Cat delivers definitively sound advice. Open-minded humans, too, could clearly benefit from Sparkle's insights, although the intended audience is obviously feline.
The book is a collection of advice columns that Sparkle has written to answer troubled kitty quandaries. Sparkle's website, which began offering cat-to-cat advice in 2003, is loaded with enjoyable, informative material, but you should really purchase a copy of this book so that you have the advice readily available in a quick-reference source. Every kitty household should own a copy, and it should be required reading for all human caregivers, as well as for the cats with whom they share their homes. My fellow felines will laugh aloud (we do that, you know, but most people don't recognize it) at the witty, clever suggestions, observations, and admonitions Sparkle deftly delivers to both two- and four-legged readers. Some people may get a kick out of it, too, and they'll learn a great deal about how to live with cats. Humans badly need this instruction, and Sparkle does the job, and then some.
Sparkle has a second book available (published in 2009), but we haven't read it yet (sorry, but we read kinda slowly), but that will be our topic for a future readers' advisory. If you can't wait, and I wouldn't blame you one bit, check Amazon.com (or elsewhere) for more details.
Really Enjoying Sparkle's Sense of Humor,
Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Readers' Advisory News Beat
P.S. Getting advice is like hearing things through the grapevine--like the Internet?--which prompted me to think of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong (1966) and recorded by multiple artists, but we present the version by Marvin Gaye (1968).