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The Secret Diary of Adrian Cat by [Macfarlane, Linda, Macfarlane, Stuart]
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Length: 233 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Grade 5–8—Adrian is playful, kind, and compassionate. He is also maddening, a poor judge of character, and incapable of seeing the world from any point of view other than his own. He is, in fact, a cat. This day-by-day account chronicles a year in which he joins a criminal gang, saves the life of a wounded fox, befriends a slightly insane pirate parrot and a baby robin, falls in and out of love with gorgeous but deceitful Snowball, and finally finds real happiness with the disheveled but wise stray Gypsy. This blatant hat-tip to Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (HarperCollins, 2003) is a one-joke book until about October, when Adrian Cat finally manages to get his priorities straight. That is a long time to read about his tug-of-war with his human, Trousers, over the new chair in the house, or his attempts to teach the baby, Brat-2, how to be a kitten. While Adrian's deadpan observations about life from a cat's perspective are funny, they are not enough to sustain interest in the narrative. The success of the story relies greatly on readers' understanding of a cat's innate character and whether or not they will get the puns. The book ends poised for a sequel, but only the most avid of feline lovers will even enjoy this installment.—Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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I must confess, while skimming over the book, I became captivated by the wit in this impossible diary of a housecat chronicling his adventures and misinterpretations of his humans. He starts by listing his New Year s resolutions then describes his adventures with his human family. He develops a rather full social life up and down the lane; becomes a member of a gang, saves the life of a fox, then marries and not the pretty white Persian either! But I admire two of his final New Year s resolution the most to become the world s most famous cat and to truly promote world peace between cats, dogs and mice! This wonderful tale could be enjoyed by a young teenager or read aloud to a child. I certainly enjoyed the hero s rather skewered misinterpretations of his humans behavior. About the authors: Stuart Macfarlane is an SAP PDM Specialist and Linda Macfarlane is a primary school teacher. They share a home with their cat Mistoffelees well, to be more precise, Mistoffelees owns the home; Stuart and Linda merely pay the mortgage. They have written 15 other books including: Utterly Adorable Cats, which has been translated into 20 languages, and The Little Book of Calm for Cats, plus over a dozen other books. --Cat Fanciers Almanac, December 2007

Product Details

  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933255234
  • Publisher: Tattie Bogle Publishing; 1st edition (March 8, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 8, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RJ9FE2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This absolutely charming book is a parody on the Adrian Mole diaries by Sue Townsend, a series of books I have read several times and find delightful. The Secret Diary of Adrian Cat will join my "reread this over and over pile". It was funny, poignant, and soooooo spot on for the life of a cat. It starts with Adrian the Cat's New Year's Resolutions (just as the Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 and 3/4 does) and catches your attention from the very first page. When I read the diary entry that he had slept a meager 21 hours today and thought he must be getting insomnia I was hooked! I have a cat with that exact kind of insomnia! I love the running gag that Trousers keeps sitting in the cat's new chair. It is a perfect way to show that if a cat can see it, it's his. Loved the introduction of the "human kitten" and the cat's lament at how long it took it to learn the most basic of functions like crawling!

However, you do not have to have read (or even heard of) the Adrian Mole diaries to enjoy this book. Without having read the Adrian Mole diaries, this book stands alone as a real tribute to our beloved cats and what they get up to all day when you're gone (wallpaper scratching and sleeping mostly). After reading the Mole diaries as well it is a double whammy of FUN!

While it seems to be rated as a children's book, it is suitable for anyone of any age. Go on. Read it. You know you want to!
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If you like cats you can't fail to love this endearing tale (pun intended). Adrian's adventures are hilarious - every day of his diary a joy to read. Here is his thoughts on how to enjoy life:

Ways To Ensure Nine Joyful Lives.

Be dignified - let dogs perform the tricks.

Sleep incessantly. It is the sole purpose of life.

Be prudent - never chase anything more than half your size.

Scratch wallpaper. It is one of the noblest pursuits.

Nurture patience - postpone all ambitions until your next life.

Chase string. It brings inner peace.

Be proud - you are a member of the family which includes lions, tigers and cheetahs.

Climb curtains. It takes you to a higher spiritual level.

Be inquisitive - discover a thousand places to sleep.
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This delightful read witty, funny, a little sad and full of feline adventure. Easy to put down, but I eagerly picked it up again every night. Recommend for all cat lovers and children. The plot with Killer and Snowball, is even a little lesson for humans in friendship. Loved this quick read.
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I found this book to be a great way to read more about what a cat might think about his life and how he might deal with humans, other cats, birds, mice, kittens. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to have a laugh or just a different way to think about cats.
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I read this silly book aloud to my two boys, ages 13 and 10. They were laughing so hard through many parts that I was laughing at them and could hardly get the words out. We all thoroughly enjoyed Adrian, Skirt, Trowsers, Brats One and Two, Snowball, Old Grey Fur and especially Bobbin. If you are looking for some ridiculous fun and fluffy (no pun intended) reading and enjoy cats at all, this book is well worth downloading. My boys have since read this aloud to each other with lots of uncontrollable giggling fits, so the novelty has not worn off. Thumbs up from our family for sure.
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This book is a delight, entertaining and fun with plenty of giggles, a touch of drama and the unfailingly optimistic Adrian soldiering bravely on to enlightenment, love and New Year resolutions.

A fun read that will make you smile!
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A very funny walk in one cat's shoes. Perhaps this story will mostly appeal to those of us who have been owned by one or many cat's. You definitely will see yourself in many a situation. A very fun read.
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365 days in the life of Adrian, cat. Literally. This is Adrian's diary, starting on January 1st. On which he resolves, among other things, to not be condescending toward his humans, to be more decisive about going in or out, and to promote world peace between cats, dogs, and mice. Adrian has great plans for the next year.

As is the case with most resolutions, Adrian's are sometimes abandoned. By January 2nd he has already decided that his humans, Skirt and Trouser, don't deserve the amount of respect he was considering giving them, and since the 6th is "Condescension Monday"... Some resolutions are reworked. When the neighbor humans get a dog, it becomes obvious that cats and dogs won't be getting along anytime soon, so Adrian limits his peacemaking efforts to cats and mice. It would be so much easier, though, if mice weren't so tasty!

There's much more to the life of Adrian Cat. Over the course of a year he falls in love, falls out of love, falls in love again, challenges the neighborhood bully cat, leads a rebellion, makes new friends, celebrates various cat holidays, and so much more. Adrian is a highly evolved and intelligent cat, if he does say so himself. And if you don't believe him, just read for yourself!

If you're a cat person, this is the book for you! And if you're not, you'll have a lot of hilarious fuel for your arguments. And just in case you were wondering -- yes, cats do know which humans don't like them. And they go for you on purpose.

Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman
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