Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Saturday, August 25, 2018

It Clearly Worked For Moi

Back in 1964, waaaaaay before my current life, a wise feline typed a manuscript that fell into the hands of writer Paul Gallico, who quickly recognized that it had been typed by a cat, because of the strange combinations of letters and symbols that Paul realized resulted from the size of the cat's paws operating the keys of a human typewriter.  Once translated into English (from the feline), the book was a "how-to" manual instructing kittens, strays, and homeless cats how to find and take-over suitable homes and train the human residents to serve their feline masters.  Our book trailer elaborates.

MPL Book Trailer #461
The Silent Miaow:
A Manual for Kittens, Strays, and Homeless Cats
Translated from the feline by Paul Gallico
Picture story by Suzanne Szasz

I first read this book when I was just a kitten.  It clearly worked for moi.  I've managed to take-over at least four homes in my current lifetime.

The manual contains practical advice for every feline.  It instructs how to use our vocalizations to compel satisfactory behavioral responses from people.  It advises how to establish our property rights and territorial interests.  It suggests the most effective strategies to regularly obtain the most desired foods.  In short, it provides any cat with the essential information to ruling a home and making minions of any human residents.  Plus, it's really funny.  Humor always gets my vote of approval.

My minions have suggested that cat-loving people, too, would greatly enjoy reading this book.  The author's feline insights and philosophies would certainly educate most humans and make them better servants.  That's a solid, positive outcome for the feline audience.

Gallico wrote loads of books, including several cat-oriented novels, such as The Abandoned (1950), in which a little boy turns into a cat (a definite improvement, I'll venture).  Minions, make with the book trailer.

MPL Book Trailer #460
The Abandoned, by Paul Gallico

Most libraries classify this novel as a children's chapter book, but we think it might be a bit too challenging for human readers under age eleven.  Anyone older, however, should find it exciting and compelling.  But, hey, you younger readers should have a go, too.  You can always read it when you're older if it's too hard now.

My library has many of Paul Gallico's books available to checkout from our Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

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