World Book Day

It’s World Book Day today so I thought I’d share some cat themed books.

For the adults:

A Cat Called Norton: The True Story of an Extraordinary Cat and his Imperfect Human
The story of Norton is just adorable. I’ve not been able to read the last book though as the inevitable ending is too much to cope with, I don’t want to cry!

Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me about Life, Love, and Coming Clean
I’m a huge fan of Jackson and his book. You’ll need tissues though, be warned!

A Street Cat Named Bob
When I asked about favourite cat books on Facebook, James’ book was a clear winner.

For the kids:

Into the Wild cover
Into the Wild (Warrior Cats, Book 1)
Ok, so this is a kids book series but I’ve read them all. It’s not all fluffy and cute, there are battles, hunting, drama and adventure. Great for kids who want an exciting story and love cats.

I love the illustration style of Mr Tipps and the story is lovely. It reminds me a little of Oscar.

Meg and Mog
Meg and Mog books really remind me of my childhood. When I look at one I’m transported back in time. They are still great nearly 30 years since I first read them.


  1. This is not the type of book I ordinarily read, but I have to confess, I was drawn to it because I myself have a black cat named Cleo whom I got as a kitten, so seeing the cover was startling and I knew I had to read the book.I have to admit that despite my trying to resist, the story of this little black cat and the family who adopted her sucked me right in. Unlike many stories of this kind, Brown writes in a no-nonsense voice, pleasantly devoid of excessive sentimentality, and the story never turns maudlin, even when sad events happen. I’ll admit to being a little teary-eyed at the end, surprised at how moved I was.I’m a “cat person” – I’ve lived with cats all my life – and I have to say, Ms. Brown perhaps anthopomorphizes Cleo just a bit too much – but no matter. I still couldn’t put the book down and finished it in a day and a half over the weekend.One thing that did NOT please me, though, is how the publisher chose to Americanize the spelling and usage for the American edition, as though American readers would not recognize “harbour,” “centre,” degees of temperature in Celsius – or, for that matter, “recognise” (check the first few pages of the book on Amazon’s U.K. site if you want to verify this). Translate from another language, certainly, but we DON’T need a translation from New Zealand English!Nonetheless, a charming, heartwarming story, if nothing groundbreaking, with particular appeal to animal lovers. Grab a box of tissues and enjoy.

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