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Shakespeare Cats Paperback – March 29, 2004

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“If you like Shakespeare and love cats, then Shakespeare Cats is a must have for your coffee table. . . . The artwork is awesome and the cats are impressive.” (Portland Book Review)

About the Author

Susan Herbert studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford. After working for English National Opera and the Theatre Royal in London, she specialized in limited-edition prints of theatrical animals and exhibited frequently. She died in September 2014.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Revised ed. edition (March 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500284296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500284292
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is the most adorable book I have ever seen! The pictures of the cats in the different Shakespearean plays are so well drawn and the colors are wonderful. I use this book when teaching students about Shakespeare because it seems to help when they can see verses in pictures and the fact that it is cats playing the parts makes it even more enjoyable!
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Shakespeare people also tend to be cat people: why is that? In this case, Susan Herbert has created a beautiful book for cat fans and Bard fans alike. I have all of Herbert's books, and "Shakespeare Cats" is definitely my favorite. It depicts famous moments from many of Shakespeare's plays with intricate detail, and the cats look like they're in the most natural settings in the world! It's hard to pick out my favorite illustrations, but the "Midsummer Night's Dream" picture stands out, as does the humorous painting from "The Taming of the Shrew." All of the paintings are wonderful, and this is an adorable book that you will treasure forever.
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Susan Herbert is, first and foremost, a truly gifted artist. Her style, talent, color choices, all show a mastery of skill. Aside from that, though, she's also an imaginative woman who tryle appreciates the feline, as evidenced by her series of wonderful illustrated cat books.
This book, "Shakespeare Cats", functions firstly as simply an enjoyable coffee-table book for frequent perusal. On another level, though, Herbert has cleverly illustrated 32 of Shakespeare's works, and with detail. The setting of each piece, the costumes, the detail of scene-setting -- all of this shows that in addition to being a cat-lover and an artist, Herbert is also not too shabby as a Shakespearean scholar as well.
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When I first picked up SHAKESPEARE CATS by the British artist Susan Herbert, I was struck by the cute and colorful illustrations showing cats, my favorite animals, as Shakespearean characters. I bought the book, and as I went through it page by page I found it educational, too. Herbert has accompanied each one of her drawings -- works of art in themselves -- with a short synopsis and the relevant quotation from the play. The trouble with cats, however, is that it is not always possible to do much more than suggest emotions in their faces, which are fairly "blank." This poses a problem with the more extreme emotions in Shakespeare: Herbert's Othello (a black cat) does not look enraged nor her Macbeth (a red-orange tabby) particularly horrified. Additionally, Herbert depicts mostly tabby (striped) cats, which will probably disappoint readers who like other kinds of cats. But if these are drawbacks, they are minor ones; Herbert is a gifted artist. Her scene-composition and her bright color-choices make each illustration a feast for the eyes. There are some subtly clever facial expressions, too, like Malvolio's (TWELFTH NIGHT) self-satisfied grin or Jacques (AS YOU LIKE IT) cynical smirk. And art enthusiasts will see Herbert's drawings of Romeo leaving Juliet's balcony or the sleeping princes from RICHARD III as homages to celebrated paintings by the nineteenth century artists Dicksee and Northcote; her crazed Ophelia (with tongue hanging out) might stand beside the famous depictions of that heroine by Waterhouse or Millais! I am happy to have discovered SHAKESPEARE CATS and Herbert and will seek out more of her books.
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First came across this book in Anne Hathaway's Cottage gift shop in Stratford-upon-avon. Ordered it from Amazon as I didn't want to travel around with it. The book arrived yesterday and the pages are not cut on the bottom so half the book cannot be viewed until I figure out how to cut them open myself. Very disappointed. I would return it, but Amazon shows they only have one more in stock, and I'm guessing that one probably has the same issue. Other than faulty production, the book is wonderful and would get a 5 star rating from me.
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Susan Herbert's drawings of cats are imaginative and full of variety as they illustrate major scenes or quotations from some of Shakespeare's well known plays. I enjoy returning to this book frequently when I need a little amusement break.
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The illustrations in the book are fantastic; they fit the characters wonderfully. I use this book when I teach shakespeare to college students, many of whom are going to someday be teachers. An analysis of the illustrations gives insight into the Shakespearean characters in way that looking at words on a page doesn't. Great fun for any age group. My English majors have given copies to their siblings, neices, nephews, etc. for holiday gift giving.
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Format: Hardcover
I love this book, it's so adorable and beautiful, Susan Herbert is a great artist, I admire her a lot. You see wonderful pictures of cats playing roles of some of Shakespeare plays. It's a great book for kids and also for adult too.:) If you love cats your going to love this book.
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