I Was the Cat

I Was the Cat

I picked up this book from ECCC (more happy memories!) and I hate that I waited to long to read it. It is a beautiful book; a sturdy hardcover with no jacket (yay!) and is beautifully designed. I wish more hardcovers were made this way. (What’s with dust jackets anyway? I feel the same way about DVD covers; I don’t like them but I can’t bring myself to get rid of them.) The pages are also great quality and I love the design of the inside cover and back pages. It is so noticeably nice that this is my first description of how physically nice a book is.

In addition to being an appealing object to hold in my hands, I really love the story. I’ve never read anything like it and it has a bunch of cats in it. I was pleasantly surprised with how well written the story is. Usually when the art is so great the story is sacrificed because, well, I guess it’s hard to pair an equally great writer and artist? I dunno, but the two aren’t always both fabulous. Here I feel like the writing and the art came together quite nicely. I don’t want to spoil all the details, but it was creative, interesting, and I didn’t expect the little turn at the end even though it wasn’t anything too wild and crazy.

This is a fantastic read with amazing (fabulous, wonderful, beautiful, perfect!!!) art. WHEN’S BOOK 2, GUYS???

5/5 Stars

Note: This is a Jacques-approved book.