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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: FitCat Enterprises, Inc. (June 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978918118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978918118
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would recommend this book to all cat lovers.
Sharon A. Somers
I'd read Sparkle's online advice column, so I expected that her book would be as entertaining as her blog--and I wasn't disappointed.
J. M. Kelley
I enjoyed reading from a cat's point of view how we humans should treat our feline family members.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Somers on August 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have two very special guests joining me today to help me write this review. I know that my cats Lilly and Sabrina have been sneaking glances at the book whenever I leave the house, so I figure why not let them participate today. Dear Sparkle is after all a book written by a cat for other cats to read. However, before I let Lilly and Sabrina take over I would like to briefly share some of my own thoughts on the book. This is still my blog regardless of whatever my cats might think.

Move over Dewy: The Library Cat, there is a newer and tougher cat in town. Dear Sparkle is one of the cutest, silliest, and funniest cat books I have ever read. Sparkle Cat probably wouldn't want to hear her book described using those adjectives, but I cannot deny the truth. There were so many laugh out loud moments for me when I was reading this book. I got some strange looks when I was reading this book in public let me tell you.

The advice columns in Dear Sparkle are divided into different sections based on topics. There were two sections of the book that stood out from the rest for me. The two sections are titled: Human Foibles and Culinary Delights & Disappointments. I could relate to many of the problems faced by cats in the Human Foibles section. I am one of those annoying humans who loves to pick up her cats and shower them with kisses. I must be particularly dense, because even after reading Sparkle Cat's advice I am still convinced that my cats loved being kissed. Sparkle Cat dispenses advice to this poor cat the same way she does through the book, with a little bit of wit and a whole lot of attitude.

My favorite advice column in the entire book is in the Culinary Delights & Disappointments section. This particular advice column is titled, Catch of the Day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
My cat Ophelia says, "This book is purr-fect for cat owners. When I got adopted I knew I had to take charge immediately. I refused to be dominated by the other cat (a ditzy Calico appropriately named Creampuff) and a medium sized, mixed-breed dog named Gracie. Well, I could have written this book. When I got sick, I followed Sparkle's advice on taking medicine. I am now Top Cat in the household."

As someone who is owned by two cats, I would add, This book is well-written and fun. It's not cutesy and silly, as I would have expected. Just don't let the cats read it themselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Kelley on August 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
As the editor (or rather, personal assistant) of three cats who write their own advice column, I'm always curious to check out books written by other cat advice authorities, so when I got a chance to get a copy of "Dear Sparkle," I took it.

I'd read Sparkle's online advice column, so I expected that her book would be as entertaining as her blog--and I wasn't disappointed. Not only does this hugely entertaining 155-page book contain some great advice for Sparkle's fellow cats (and for the people who may read it covertly when their cats aren't looking), but the chapters are punctuated with lots of beautiful photos of Sparkle in all her regal majesty.

Since I write a cat advice column myself, I tend to read other advice books with a critical eye. Sparkle never takes a wrong step as she guides cats through some of the challenges of living with people and other animals. From unfortunate habits like scratching in undesirable locations to strange quirks like wool sucking, from aggression problems to ways of entertaining bored cats, and from feast to famine (and other dietary issues), Sparkle dishes it all--and sometimes with a dose of "tough love" for cats that need it.

I recommend this book highly, not just for its entertainment value but for the solid advice it offers to the people who dare to sneak it away from their cats. "Dear Sparkle" is very much a G-rated book, appropriate for all ages. I suspect that most kids under the age of 9 or 10 might not have quite enough reading skills to understand everything Sparkle says--but they'll get a kick out of it anyway, and I'm sure it could inspire a cat-loving kid to be a book-loving kid, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid King on January 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
There are lots of books on the market that give advice on how to care for cats, provide information on cat behavior, and address other aspects of living with a cat. This book is unique in this genre. It combines solid advice with humor, and gives us an insider's look into what and how cats think. Sparkle is a seven-year-old pedigreed Somali who speaks out on anything from how to address trouble with family members (both human and feline) to hairballs to culinary delights and disappointments. A significant portion of the book is devoted to addressing questions about human foibles. Writes Sparkle: "Humans are complicated beings, and very hard to train."

Sparkle, the internet's premier cat-to-cat advice columnist, brings her feline point of view to help her fellow cats figure out human behavior and deal with the day-to-day frustrations that living with humans can bring for a cat.

Some samples of the kinds of questions Sparkle answers are:

My human used to give me treats at dinnertime, but the vet put me on a diet and now I'm starving! How do I get these treats back?

A tom cat invaded my backyard and now my roommate hates my guts! What happened, and what do I do about it?

My human brought home a snotty new kitten - how do I show him who's boss?

This is a thoroughly enjoyable, often laugh out loud funny book filled with practical information presented in a unique style.
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Sparkle was a ruddy Somali of grand champion lineage: her father, GC Tajhara's Miles Davis, was a show winner and cover cat for the May 2001 issue of Cat Fancy magazine. Sparkle was one of 4 siblings born on June 24, 2002. In October of that year, at the age of four months, Sparkle moved from her hometown of Temecula, California to glitzy, glittery Los Angeles. Her good looks were noticed almost from the start and before long she was an award-winning print model (First Place, Cats USA 2004). Not satisfied to skate by merely on her lean, elegant appearance, she has also earned fame as a prominent cat blogger, advice columnist and book critic. Her website, http://www.sparklecat.com, is read by cat and human fans from all over the world. Sparkle resides in a fashionable district of Los Angeles with two humans, two feline roommates and, unfortunately, a dog. Dear Sparkle, her first book, won the Wild Card category in the Hollywood Book Festival and Honorable Mention in the New York Book Festival. Sparkle died August 24, 2014

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