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The Devious Book for Cats: A Parody [Hardcover]

Joe Garden , Janet Ginsburg , Chris Pauls , Anita Serwacki , Scott Sherman
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Book Description

October 28, 2008
Cats have nine lives. Shouldn’t they be lived to the fullest?

“Domesticated” does not mean “docile.” The ho-hum routine of sleep, eat, eat, and sleep is no way for any creature who ruled Egypt for a millennium to spend her day. It’s high time felines everywhere woke up from their cat naps and grabbed life’s strings with both paws.

The Devious Book for Cats offers today’s discerning kitties words of wisdom and advice on everything they need to know, from in-depth guides on cardboard boxes and catnip to a brief history of the Felinism movement. It provides fail-safe tips on waking a human when you want to get fed, choosing the purr-fect gift, staring like a pro, and making the most of superstitions. It also explains the undeniable allure of the Window, the terrifying specter of the Vacuum, and how you can groom properly in just the scant twenty-four hours allotted each day.

Cats: Discover the devious fun you can have when you’re the one in charge!

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From Publishers Weekly

A gleeful riff on The Dangerous Book for Boys (and its followers), this collection of feline's-eye-view essays is a mostly winning effort from past and present staffers of parody newspaper The Onion. Less cringe-worthy than its predecessor, The Dangerous Book for Dogs, Garden and the gang focus on a litany of cat quirks and behaviors that should give cat owners a nod and chuckle on practically every page. Including a field guide to cardboard boxes, profiles of famous felines like Garfield ("the ten ton gorilla in the comics room"), the three waves of felinism and an illustrated guide to napping positions, the book lends itself to casual perusal, though cat fanciers will likely consume it in one sitting. Like listening in on cat-to-cat communications, readers are treated to tactics for "getting away with it," explanations of "what's in there?" and the "Legend of the Crazy Cat Lady" (a cat's campfire scare story). Rounded out with original larks like a TV Guide-style program schedule for the window ("4:00 p.m.: Parallel parking. Watch as Susie Crook fails the test again") this funny collection boasts an impressive hit-to-miss ratio while managing to avoid cute overload.
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About the Author

Fluffy and Bonkers wrote this parody without authorization, because since when did a cat need permission for anything?

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1 edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345508491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345508492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud funny November 16, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Over the years I've read many supposed-to-be-funny-and-clever little books about cats. This is because I live with a lot of cats and a lot of books, and people tend to think that if you like books and cats, then you certainly must find any book with "cat" in the title to be of significant interest. As a result, birthdays and holidays around here often end up looking like a collection site for a charity book sale drive.

And a lot of those little cat books DO end up going to charity, because frankly, quite a few are neither all that clever nor all that funny, in my opinion. There have been exceptions, but they are just that -- exceptions.

The Devious Book for Cats is one such exception. I received it the other day, and just flipping through and reading random sections left me laughing out loud. Really loud. Quite a few times. Given the current state of the economy and soaring prices for cat food and litter, I must tell you that I have not been in much of a laughing mood lately. The catnip budget around here has suffered quite a bit in recent months, just trying to put kibble on the table, you know. So this book is a welcome mood-brightener.

I like this book so much in fact, that I am ordering several more copies to send as holiday gifts. Anyone familiar with the feline lifestyle should find this book entertaining. The authors, Fluffy and Bonkers, have written an unusually creative, original and inventive guidebook.

And even though I am extremely busy these days watching birds out the window and napping, I am going to sit down on that book and absorb it more fully at my first opportunity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Holiday must-have for cat owners! December 12, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Searching for a holiday gift for the cat-lover in your life? Look no further - this book made me, and my cat, laugh out loud.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars instant classic November 26, 2008
By Dan
Format:Hardcover
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an instant classic! As a cat owner, I think it's brilliant :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
If you have a cat, you know they live their lives by a set of rules that are uniquely their own. And more than once, you've probably wondered what's going on in that head of theirs. I don't know that this book answers it, but it's good for quite a few laughs... The Devious Book for Cats: A Parody by Fluffy and Bonkers (with the assistance of Joe Garden, Janet Ginsburg, Chris Pauls, Anita Serwacki, and Scott Sherman). I'm sure the only reason they needed help was the whole opposable thumb thing. Regardless, Devious is a funny look at a cat's life through the eyes of a cat, and I had a great time reading along.

Devious goes all over the place, and has far more laughs than duds in the different chapters. For instance, you learn that cats really have no word for "mistake," as everything they do is correct and on purpose. So when your cat falls into the fish tank, he's merely demonstrating to the fish that they aren't safe regardless of where they hide. Fall off the couch? They just didn't want to ruin their nails with a layer of dust that's on the floor. Did you know that cats have a variety of napping techniques depending on the situation? There's snoozing, dozing, resting, catching some z's, catnapping, the siesta, and shut-eye. It's only us uninformed humans that think it's all just sleeping. Oh, and if you declaw your cat, they still have plenty of ways to maintain their quality of life and destroy your home... :)

While reading The Devious Book for Cats, it was hard not to keep an eye on my cats and wonder how much of this just might be factual. I know I saw Snoogie and Baxter in a number of the pages, and I wondered just how much they collaborate at night to create mayhem during the day...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious March 25, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I am a definite cat person. I love all animals, but my cats are (in my opinion) the funniest little beasties I've ever had the privilege of knowing.

This book does right by cats. It's an absolutely hilarious book that has me cracking up almost every page. I have a quirky sense of humor so finding something to keep me laughing out loud for a long period of time isn't a terribly common occurrence for me.

Five stars because it's very, very funny, as well as an attractively bound book that is printed on high-quality paper. The little illustrations throughout are wonderful. Absolutely recommended! (I don't know why the recommended tags include "girls," and "gifts for girls"- really, this book is good for folks of any gender so long as they're cat lovers with a slightly snarky sense of humor.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Laugh I've had in a while February 12, 2009
By Progo35
Format:Hardcover
I love this book. I've been down lately and it really made me feel better for a few minutes. If you're looking for a light-hearted read, it's absolutely hilarious!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Hilarity February 22, 2011
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If you are a cat lover, you will fall in love with this book. I read it from front to back in about a day and go back to it when needing a good laugh. My sister recommended the book to me, and I am glad she did. Book is based on what life is like with humans from the perspective of two feisty and outspoken felines. Hilarious!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read for a human owned by a cat! February 1, 2011
By Lisette
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I laughed outloud and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a cat owner, you must get this book and it's a great gift for a fellow cat owner. Fluffy and Bonkers (the authors) tell it like it is...and they are hysterical! My cats are thrilled that their human now can begin to understand what they are thinking...or maybe not! HA
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book
I love cats. So I did like the book. Very creative and enjoyable. Amusing and very true to emulating the characteristics of real cats!!! The author did a great job!
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If you're a cat lover (and especially if you live with cats) you will enjoy this book. It's funny in a very "that's so true!" way. Read more
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A lot of the cat's perspective are so true which is why it's so funny. I especially like the illustration of what section of a bed the cat takes up. Read more
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My Cat, Nikita, who has read and and shared his thoughts on books here before had this to say:

"It is the most important Self-Help Guide for Cats in years, and a... Read more
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I gave this book to both my dad and sister-in-law for Christmas. They were both laughing minutes after opening it. I assumed it was a success in both cases. Read more
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