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The New Yorker Book of Cat Cartoons Hardcover – January 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc; Second Printing edition (1990)
  • ASIN: B001GTYZ1O
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,452,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is tiny and the quality is not great.
LaraRenee
It takes less than 15 minutes to go through this book, which makes it rather expensive if you buy the hardcover, as I did.
NewDiane
Take it from the New Yorker, it will always be clever and funny.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I rated this book based on the hardcover version, but I do want to put in a word against the miniature paperback version in the beginning. Avoid the miniature paperback: It is very tiny, reproduced poorly, the paper quality is not good, and some of the material cannot be seen without a magnifying glass.
The only drawback I saw to the hardcover version was the lack of a witty introduction. I graded it down one star for that lack. The New Yorker cartoon books on business and money have wonderful introductions, unlike this one.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit that I do not have a cat. Yet I have many friends who do, and I tried to view these cartoons through their eyes.
The main cartoonists of these 102 cartoons are Charles Addams, Tom Cheney, Helen Hokinson, Frank Modell, Mischa Richter, Danny Shanahan, William Steig, and Saul Steinberg.
The cartoons generally follow one of the following styles: juxtaposing cats for dogs; anthropomorphizing cats; and treating humans like cats. These formats were predictable enough that the humor worked best when one of the categories was not followed, such as in a cartoon with no words where a cat is seen scratching against an arm chair while a man sits in it reading the newspaper -- chair, man, and newspaper all bear the same scratch marks everywhere.
Here are a few of my favorites:
A woman letting a large number of cats out of the back door: "Everyone be home by two o'clock."
No words: A man sits in a chair reading with his feet on a bear skin run. Behind him, a cat lies in a bed with a mouseskin rug on the floor in front.
A man receiving a call at work: "Your wife feels that your cat needs to hear an authoritative male voice.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jean M. Lucas on February 24, 2009
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I had already seen a friend's hardback version of this book, so I ordered a paperback one.

I was very disappointed when it arrived and turned out to be a pocket-sized edition. There was no indication of this that I could see when I ordered it and I think it is over-priced.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Mackay on February 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
The New Yorker has all these things, and the combination of cats and The New Yorker is a felicitious one. These witty, wonderful cartoons are just the thing to bring a sparkle to even the most glazed of eyes.
Two ladies sipping tea, a cat strolling past tail in the air. "Whe she was little," one says "we had a very close relationship, but now we're just friends."
And a hundred others. A book is not as good as a cat, but this one is halfway there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LaraRenee on May 12, 2012
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This is my own fault, but I did not check the size of the paperback edition before ordering. It is tiny and the quality is not great. This was going to be my main gift for my mom on Mother's Day, not I'm left scrambling to find something more fitting. What I thought would make for a full sized package will now be the "accent" gift that I hang from the bow. Honestly, due to the size and quality of paper, I feel like the paperback is quite overpriced. Again, I know better and I should have checked the dimensions and other feedback before purchasing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol McManemy on September 9, 2013
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I guess I failed to notice the dimensions of this book when I ordered it. It's about the size of a square Post-It note with the result that it is hard to open it wide enough to see the drawings which are also a light gray, not dark. Yeah. I'm disappointed. );
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Selby on December 9, 2012
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The cartoons are wonderful, typical New Yorker ones. But the book is very tiny and relatively thin. I didn't expect that.
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