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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811858227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811858229
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeffrey Brown has written and illustrated numerous graphic novels and comics, and his work has been widely anthologized. He lives in Chicago.

More About the Author

After growing up in Michigan, a 25-year-old Jeffrey Brown moved to Chicago in 2000 to pursue an MFA at the School of the Art Institute. By the time he completed his studies, he had abandoned painting and started drawing comics seriously. His first self-published book, Clumsy, appeared seemingly out of nowhere to grab attention from both cartoonists and comics fans. Established as an overly sensitive chronicler of bittersweet adolescent romance and nonsense superhero parody, Brown's current direction remains split between more autobiography examining the minutiae of everyday life and whatever humorous fiction he feels in the mood for. His most popular works include Clumsy, Unlikely, AEIOU, and Every Girl is the End of the World For Me, comprising the so-called "Girlfriend Trilogy" and its epilogue. More recently his autobiographical work has included Little Things and Funny Misshapen Body. His parody The Incredible Change-Bots, the Ignatz Award winning I am going to be small and humorous cat book Cat Getting Out Of A Bag all stand out amongst his humor work, while his Sulk series continues to take on a variety of subjects with satire. Jeffrey's work has appeared in a host of anthologies from McSweeney's to The Best American Comics, as well as mainstream books like The Simpson's Treehouse of Horror and Marvel's Strange Tales. His original artwork has been exhibited in New York, Paris, and Chicago. Brown has been featured on NPR's This American Life and even created a short animated music video for the band Death Cab For Cutie. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son.
Visit jeffreybrowncomics.blogspot.com for news and drawings, and you can write to him at: PO Box 120, Deerfield IL 60015-0120, USA

Customer Reviews

I bought this book after "reading" the cover.
E. Roske
The pictures are so cute and perfectly illustrate the every day quirks our cats possess that remind us why we love 'em to death.
Freelancer
This book is highly recommended to cat lovers.
C. Poulopoulou

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By William Holmes VINE VOICE on March 31, 2007
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It's a little hard to explain why I like this book, but it's engaging in a way that any close observer of cats will appreciate. If you aren't a dyed in the wool cat lover, you will probably be mystified by this book. But if you enjoy the company of cats, you'll find this cartoon collection to be something special.

The cartoons trace the daily activities of an Everycat named Misty, who does all the things cats usually do--climb into grocery bags, lick themsleves at awkward times in awkward places, knock things off of desks, hiss at vacuum cleaners, run around the house for no particular reason. There's no punchline as such to any of the cartoons, other than a purr and a warm sense of familiarity. It's a testimony to the artist's skill as an observer that he has done such an engaging job of capturing the essence of what makes cats so pleasing to those who love them.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By James Leatherbarrow on March 23, 2007
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What a delightful book. I saw this sitting on the bookshelf recently and decided to flick through it. The little vignettes are absolutely hysterical in that they are so genuine and well observed. Anyone who loves cats will get a lot out of this book. Be aware that there are no jokes in this cartoon book. Anyone looking for cat-related gags will be disappointed. The Humor rather comes from the cartoonist having captured exactly all the little quirks and manerisms that cats have. Take a look at the back cover of the book (the skit with the cat on the desk). If that makes you smile then you will enjoy the rest of the book. If not then you probably just won't get it.

My fiancee and I are both cat people. We own four of them. Or perhaps I should say four cats own us! I recently bought this book for her and we love it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Freelancer on August 4, 2007
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I've had 4 cats and every one of them has done the things Jeffrey Brown illustrates in this book. I kept wanting to turn to a family member and say, "Oh LOOK, [insert cat's name] does this, ya know!!!" The pictures are so cute and perfectly illustrate the every day quirks our cats possess that remind us why we love 'em to death.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 23, 2007
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For those who don't own or love cats, looking at these short cartoons or what I'd call "vignettes" about moments in a cat's life may seem puzzling. You may even wonder what is happening. If you want to get a sample of the types of illustrations and scenarios, just use the "Search Inside the Book" option or the "Surprise me" option and you'll see some examples. They give a clear idea of the mood and focus of this book, which often highlights the small moments in a cat's life - as well as the owner's life.

I particularly liked this book because the author didn't seem to be trying to make his cats overtly cute or lovable or quirky to appeal to readers but simply captured their elusive but very real essence, letting the interpretations up to the reader. There isn't a single page that screams "Here is the MESSAGE!"

On some pages a cat might appear to be doing very little but one look at the face of the cat and...well, I GOT it. The point of a particular piece might be that expression or the owner's bafflement at his cat's actions or simply the way he laughs when his cat licks his face.

If you are drawn by the ineffable quality of cats, get this. You'll feel a sense of recognition. Some of us can't get enough of all things cat-related. This book is for us.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Tus on August 4, 2007
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Have you ever noticed your cat suddenly wake up from a deep sleep, lick his paw or chest, and go right back to sleep? Have you ever yelled at your kitty for doing something "bad" and he responded by flopping down, rolling over on his back, cocking his head as he looks up at you with big eyes and purrs? Or maybe swatted at the finger you wagged at him? Do you have to sweep every time your furbaby uses the litter box or you brush him, and, by the way, have you looked under the refrigerator lately? Do you get a kick out of watching your cat attack a nail hole on the wall or find contentment just sitting and watching him wash himself? Are you the kind of person who just HAS to take a picture of every little thing your kitty does, whether he's chasing a bug or lies curled up on the arm of the sofa?

If so, this book is definitely for you. No, this is NOT a cartoon cat; this is not a comic book. Misty is a real kitty, simply and charmingly captured home-movie style in a series of felt-tip marker drawings, with sound effects such as "plop" and "kthump" and "lick lick" written in (of course, Misty meows and purrs constantly and her humans occasionally speak). Each page shares and celebrates a moment of a cat's daily actvity and behavior, drawn by an artist who is not only immensely observant and talented, but whose love of these wonderful little companions is so evident in every line and shadow of his drawing.

To bring this little book home is the next best thing to adopting another kitty and just sitting there watching him do his thing. Just as you never tire of spending time with your cat, you will find yourself picking up this gem again and again and spending time with Misty.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tony Medeiros on April 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
With just a few line strokes when an artist is able to convey the most mundane routines and reap a white page of paper into choreographed motion , you feel like you are holding something of magic. Jeffrey Brown has cat scratch fever and he illustrates the elementary things around us and brings his lines to life. It's amazing how the obvious eludes us and Jeffery Brown captures it with his orb like a camera.

See also Ice Haven
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