Cat Confessions, a Book Review by Mewsette and Me
(Mewsette attempts to write a book review.)
“You see my photo here all the time, but you don’t know I’m famous.”
“I’m famous too, Mewsette, I’m in the photo with you!”
“Shut up, Jelly Bean, you’re sitting behind me in the photo so you’re obviously not the subject.”
“But I’m cuter than you, everyone says so!”
“Jelly Bean, the only thing you’re good for is being cute. Go away and be cute!”
“Our photos are in the book too, Mewsette, stop acting like you’re such a star!”
“Who asked the two of you?! Everyone go away! Just let me finish what I’m saying!”
(Mewsette shoves her brothers, they shove back, a four-part wrestling match on the desk ensues.)
Well, so much for Mewsette and her book review, but she’s young, I think she can learn. I’ll finish this one for her since she’s otherwise occupied. We actually wrote about this book seven years ago when it was first published! And Mewsette and her brothers are still wrestling on my desk. But the reason it’s special is that they really are in the book!
The book Mewsette refers to is Cat Confessions: A “Kitty Come Clean” Tell-all Book by Allia Zobel Nolan, a book that does just that—allows kitties the chance to come clean about all the naughty things they do behind their humans’ backs!
“All we did was tell Mommy’s date how old she really is. We don’t know why he left,” say Sugar and Spice from Duluth, Minnesota each bearing totally innocent round-eyed expressions.
And many more in this beautifully-designed 64-page book, thoughtfully written by Allia after her years of observations of her cats and others’.
A sweet little hardback gift book, Cat Confessions is a great way for both new feline aficionados to find out what to expect from their new housemates, and long-term human slaves to felines get a good laugh at what they know to be true. At just under 5″ x 5″ it’s a great stocking-stuffer or anytime gift. That way, whenever your cat or any other is wearing an expression that can’t be determined, you and your friends and family can check this book to find a clue.
And in among all the true confessions from kitties all over the world are indeed my Fantastic Four in two separate spreads in the book. Mewsette and Jelly Bean are seen above looking innocent in the tub, and below are Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe checking their Facebook pages on my computer when I’m not around, though Allia had to disguise their names so not to get them in trouble!
About Allia Zobel Nolan
And I’m a proud cat mom to have had my Fantastic Four chosen to be published by such a distinguished author as Allia Zobel Nolan.
Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally-published, award-winning author of over 170 children’s and adult trade titles with close to three million books in print. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats, and was a Senior Editor for Reader’s Digest Children’s Books for almost ten years and just three years ago went freelance as an author and writer. Her illustrated books about cats (actually, I think her cats used her as a medium) include Purr More, Hiss Less, Heavenly Lessons I Learned from My Cat, 101 Reasons Why Cats Make Great Kids, Women Who Love Cats Too Much, Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much and the series expounding the virtues of living with cats beginning with 101 Reasons Why a Cat is Better Than a Man, and that’s the short list. Other choices include such varied titles as The Dreamy, Fishy, Happy Bible Storybook, The Ten Commandments for Little Ones, and The Worrywart’s Prayer Book as well as Smelly Feet Sandwich and Other Silly Poems; The Lord’s Prayer for Little Ones; Thank You, God; Hugs & Kisses, God; The Bible According to Kids and WHATEVER: Livin’ the True, Noble, Totally Excellent Life,.
Among other places, her work has also been featured in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Irish Independent News, The Hartford Courant, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.
Allia lives and writes in Connecticut with her husband, Desmond Finbarr Nolan, and their two feline children, Nolan Nolan and Colleen Fiona Shannon Nolan.
Visit her website for more information about her books and information on where to purchase them, especially Cat Confessions!
I’ve also reviewed a few other of Allia’s books here on The Creative Cat:
About my photos
Allia and I met through the Cat Writer’s Association and began to correspond as Allia began to mentor me in the ideal of publishing my own books. Seeing the photos I’ve used on this site and in my greeting cards and other merchandise she asked if she could use a few photos for a book she was currently composing, briefly describing Cat Confessions. I pointed her to my gallery of photography, specifically my kitty images.
“Bernadette’s photos were so wonderful, I had a hard time choosing. I wanted to use them all. The ‘gotcha’ poses she managed to snap of her puddies…whether they are playing ‘get-the-moth’ in the bathtub, or lined up one through five to look out the door, are completely natural, yet so entertaining. They’re the kind of photos we all wish we could take of our babies…if we only had the skill, and if only they’d stand still. And she has a gazillion to chose from.”
Well, my kitties have to earn their living somehow! If you’d be interested in using one of my feline photos for your book or magazine article, please feel free to contact me.
Other books including my cats
We’re in a National Geographic Book!
Well, Not Like That…
They’re going to be impossible to live with! Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine are even more famous than before for their discerning abilities as art critics. Their photo appears in a newly-published book titled 67 Reasons Why Cats are Better than Dogs by Jack Shepherd, editorial director of BuzzFeed, published by National Geographic books.
Read other articles in my Creating With Cats series and Reviews of books and other works.
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