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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Bilingual edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062088416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062088413
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Say goodbye to Hello Kitty and hello to Maru...the elegant book of full-color photos captures the magic that is Maru.” (USA Today)

“I Am Maru takes readers inside the lives of Maru and his owner mugumogu, peeking into boxes, boxes, more boxes...With his big, round eyes and white-glove paws, Maru finds a way to burrow inside anything–and don’t be surprised if one of those places is your heart!” (People.com)

From the Back Cover

Meet Maru!

This round, adorable Scottish Fold cat may be an internet sensation, but he knows how to keep his celebrity status from going to his fluffy head . . . mostly. Maru and his owner, mugumogu, give readers a peek into the low-key life of the world’s most famous cat. See all his favorite hiding places—trash cans, cupboards, cereal boxes . . . if it’s cozy, he’s there—meet his treasured toys, and learn what it means to wield just the right amount of cat-titude.


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Very nice book, with nice picture and a lot of information about Maru.
bolis nathalie
When I received the book, it had so many great pictures that I never saw about Maru.
Maru
This is a cute book if you're a cat fan, but if you're a Maru fan - you'll love it.
K. Barnett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Wylietown on August 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm a big Maru fan, so I was excited when the English version of the first Maru book came out. It's not a bad book, but three distinct things disappointed me about it:

1) It's small. For some reason I was expecting something a little bigger, like maybe a coffee table book. This is like a handbook.
2) LOTS of repeat content from the popular web clips. I was expecting more original photographs.
3) Not a big surprise that there is repeat content from the web clips, but the content that is repeated, as well as most of the pictures in the book, appear grainy and from a lower resolution source than a normal book you'd find in a bookstore - makes the book seem cheap.

In its defense, it wasn't overpriced and I feel like I got what I paid. I would recommend it only to dedicated Maru fans, who will delight at anything that has to do with this cat. Those that are on the fence or aren't that familiar with him should avoid.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By L. Bush on August 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Purchasing this book is the best way to thank mugumogu for sharing The Wonderful Maru with the world, for free on the interwebz. If you're a Maru fan and your budget will allow it, please buy a copy. I love mine for the young-Maru photos and the floor plan of his house.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ILoveMaru on August 25, 2011
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If you're a fan of Maru, you will love this - kitten pictures, new high definition photography, and the cover comes off to become a poster. Very happy with the $10 bucks I spent on this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Annushka on October 16, 2011
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This book is a genuine treasure. She is a brilliant photographer. Maru was already a star. Cats are notoriously uncooperative when it comes to having their pictures taken so to get this many perfect shots there has to be a lot of bad ones. I have looked at it many time so far & will look at it many times more. Most definitely worth the price.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Dalton on August 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't be happier with this book unless a Maru clone came with it. The book is 94 pages and approximately 7.5 inches by 8 inches. There are many cute captions to go along with the high quality photos. The bonus poster was a nice surprise. Thanks mugumogu, please keep the books, pictures, and videos coming.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy K on September 5, 2011
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This book was fantastic. My fiance and I love Maru and were eagerly anticipating the arrival of this book. It did not disappoint. There are so many wonderful pictures of Maru. I also enjoyed that the owner took the time to give us some more insight to Maru's personality. If you enjoy watching Maru videos, you'll look this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By McGuffy Ann Morris on November 7, 2011
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Maru is a four year old Scottish Fold cat, in spite of his traditional, upright cat "prick-ears". He and his owner live in Japan. The name "Maru" means "round". When his owner adopted him as a kitten, she felt that everything about him seemed round.

The book is written as if Maru is talking and his owner, as well. It is written in both English and Japanese. Following life with Maru, from kittenhood through the present day, there are numerous photos. We see Maru's many expressions and moods as he shares his likes, dislikes, and habits. There are pages of still shots from his videos, including the famous "sliding into boxes" videos. Maru also shares his favorite toys, costumes and "behind the scenes" information.

Maru is already a worldwide sensation through his many online videos and blog. This book is destined to be a classic among cat lovers. I am definitely hoping for sequels. You just have to love a good pet book, especially one with adorable photos and captions!
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Format: Hardcover
As a cat lover (and a heavy Internet user), I think I've watched every Maru YouTube video out there. I love his "catitude", and rarely do I fail to laugh or smile when watching his fascination with boxes. I got a copy of I Am Maru by mugumogu from the library when I was last over there, wondering if the online life of Maru would translate well to print. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed...

For Maru fans, the book is interesting. It adds some background in terms of birth date, the kitten years, habits, the meaning of his name, and so forth. And yes, many of the pictures are cute. Gotta love that round mound of fluff...

But beyond that, there's not a lot of substance. A number of the pictures are minor variations on each other, as well as being on the smallish side. Including screen images of the different videos is somewhat strange, as you can't click on anything and the URLs to find the videos on YouTube are not included. The back-and-forth "banter" between Maru and his owner is sort of cute, but again it's rather light in substance. Add in a fair amount of white space as well as the text being in both English and Japanese, and this book ends up being something you'll breeze through in about 15 minutes.

Maru fans will like this book and appreciate the additional background info. Others who don't know the Maru story will wonder what the commotion is about (until they go online and see the videos). I would have been very disappointed had I paid full price for this book, but given that I got it at the library, I'm willing to say it was "OK."

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