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Crazy Cat Lady
July 8, 2019
Crazy Cat Lady
by Ester Scholten
Workman Publishing Company
Pub Date 02 Apr 2019
Cat Ladies have gone from being portrayed as the elderly eccentric with dozens of cats and a garden with enough catnip to supply woodstock, to being seen as hip, happening and in the know young women and men. Ester Scholten gives cat lovers an honest reflection of their addiction along with tantalizing tidbits to remind them - hey famous people loved cats too. The illustrations are cute and cheery.
But it goes where many gift books have gone before. It doesn’t break new ground or offer anything unique. The illustrations are cute, but I’ve seen better. I do recommend Crazy Cat Lady as a gift book, but it isn’t one I’d buy for myself, and I am a cat fanatic.
3 / 5
I received a copy of Crazy Cat Lady from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to the new “crazy cat lady.” Once a dowdy, eccentric figure with at least a dozen cats shedding hair on every available surface, today she’s a hip-at-any-age woman who knows an unassailable truth: Cats are awesome! And she declares her kitty love with pride, humor, and—like her cats—an irresistible dose of sass. Her tote bag is stocked with lint rollers and catnip. All her photos get the #catlady or #crazycatlady hashtags. And she’s not alone—each tag has over 4 million posts on Instagram!
With clever text by Ms. Scholten and utterly charming artwork by Ms. Loonstra (a regular Flow illustrator), Crazy Cat Lady is a celebration of the quirky, relatable, and instantly recognizable habits of devoted feline fans. There are mottos for the perpetually fur-covered: Cat hair, don’t care. Quotes for the owners who know the more the merrier: “Cats are like glasses of wine. You can’t have just one.” Flowcharts on what to name your kitten. “How to draw a cat” tutorials. Fun facts: Did you know that a cat has 230 bones in its body, more than you? And portraits of crazy cat ladies through history, from Florence Nightingale to Katy Perry. At an impulse-friendly price, this sweetly edgy little book has the fresh outlook on cat fanaticism the modern feline lover has been waiting for.