by Janet Blue on August 15, 2017

The Book of the Cat Review

The Book of the Cat is a small art book (7 1/2 X 6 inches) with a huge presence. It belongs on the coffee table of every cat lover, to be picked up and admired again and again. Petting a cat and hearing it purr have been shown to lower stress in humans. This book did exactly that for me. As I paged through and viewed the most gorgeous art depicting cats, I found myself transported to a quiet, peaceful place.

Artists from around the world are featured in The Book of The Cat, including the likes of Steinlen, Warhol, Manet and many other well-known and lesser-known artists, past and present. All breeds, shapes, sizes, colors and patterns of cats are included. One cat even looks like our pals, Truffle and Brûlée. The art covers a variety of styles, including folk, caricatures and portraits.

The 160-page book is composed of 115 illustrations, accompanied by short biographies of some of the artists and their subjects. You also will find proverbs and famous cat quotes. Many you will recognize and others you may not.

This book itself is a work of art. It is printed on high-quality, heavy, matte paper as if it were one of those over-sized art books that would cost more than your weekly supply of food and litter. This gem will be only $15.99 in the U.S. when it is available on August 22 from It will be available on Amazon on August 29, but you can pre-order it now for $10.99

I am so impressed by the quality of this book, my first thought was that I want to purchase an additional copy. Why? So I can cut out some of the pages and frame them. And I might do just that!

The Book of the Cat is the third book in a series by Angus Hyland. The other two books are The Book of the Dog and The Book of the Bird. Text for the book is by Caroline Roberts, a journalist and author who writes mostly about the graphic arts.


I know every one of my readers will fall in love with this book, and one lucky reader can win one. For an opportunity to win a copy of The Book of the Cat, please leave a comment on this post prior to 5 p.m. ET on Monday, August 21. The giveaway is open to all readers worldwide. The winner will be selected using and announced the following day.

Disclaimer: I received one copy of The Book of the Cat from Laurence King Publishing for the purpose of review and one copy to give away. I received no other compensation. The opinions expressed are totally mine alone.

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Timmy August 20, 2017 at 7:31 am

Love the book and would love to win
Timmy and Family
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Memories of Eric and Flynn August 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm

I missed this post because we have just been away for a few days for my birthday. It sounds like a lovely book and I would love to be entered in the draw please.
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Hemingway and Steinbeck August 18, 2017 at 8:10 am

That book looks really neat. We all love looking at pictures of kitties. Thank you for having the give away!
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Linda Szymoniak August 18, 2017 at 2:12 am

I love books about dogs and cats. Yes, I’m a fan of both. This would be a great addition to my little pet library (which I hope to grow soon).


MrJackFreckles/Pipo/Angel-Minko August 16, 2017 at 11:46 pm

Oh, MY! Petcretary says she would love a chance to win one of those fine books! Thanks for having a giveaway!
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meowmeowmans August 16, 2017 at 11:19 pm

This book looks fabulous! We’d love to read it, and greatly appreciate the opportunity to win a copy/
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Stephanie B August 16, 2017 at 11:00 am

I think this would be an awesome book to have in our house.


Teddy August 16, 2017 at 6:49 am

Oh my……my Mom loves any art that features kitties – this sounds like a beautiful book indeed. Kitties are so photographable and paintable and a book full of them sounds like a wonderful coffee table book!

Love, Teddy
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Phyllis Schmitz August 16, 2017 at 12:32 am

Would love to win this beautiful book for my
84th birthday which is 8/21, the day of the eclipse.


Marvelous August 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm

What a wonderful book!
My Mommy loves to paint and draw cats and I think that a book like this would make her day. I am going to get her to go and look at it online too!
Loads of Purrs
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Lone Star Cats August 15, 2017 at 9:11 pm

Sounds like a pawsome book!


William's Kith & Kin August 15, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Our mom would do the two-book thing too!
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Ellen Pilch August 15, 2017 at 7:22 pm

That sounds like a beautiful book and that is a great idea to frame some of the photos.XO


Emma and Buster August 15, 2017 at 6:59 pm

That sounds like our mom would enjoy!
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BeadedTail August 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

This does sound like a beautiful book! Good idea to frame some pages too!
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donna August 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm

The book sounds really exciting! I love cats, and read every book about them i can get. My budget is tight so i get most of them at the library. So to win would be super!


mommakatandherbearcat August 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm

I’d never heard of the book or the author … but HOW COOL!!!?!?!!
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da tabbies o trout towne August 15, 2017 at 11:27 am

thanx for de share guyz…..for sure thiz book soundz total lee awesum ! 🙂 ♥♥


Brian Frum August 15, 2017 at 11:09 am

Oh, that does sound totally kitty cool!
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Linda Arthur Tejera August 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

This sounds like a completely delightful and beautiful book that will look lovely on anyone’s coffee table! 😀
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katie isabella August 15, 2017 at 8:13 am

I would love to read that! Look at it for certain. xx


The Menagerie Mom August 15, 2017 at 8:10 am

Oh, this sounds like a lovely book! I don’t know how I am always so blind to the release of such wonderful things as this treasure, but with friends like you at least I can stay in the loop. Thank you for sharing!
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The Island Cats August 15, 2017 at 8:08 am

The mom would love to have this book. It sounds great.
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Summer August 15, 2017 at 12:41 am

This sounds like a really awesome book.
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