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The secret lives and loves of cats are revealed in this adventurous novel that peeks into a year in the life of the mischievous feline Adrian Cat. Adrian is having trouble keeping his new year's resolutions (especially "I will not be condescending to my humans"), and he's also adjusting to the fact that his humans have a new baby, his best friend needs constant advice, and he's in love for the first time—with the angelic-seeming Snowball. When Snowball turns out to be less than ...

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Overview

The secret lives and loves of cats are revealed in this adventurous novel that peeks into a year in the life of the mischievous feline Adrian Cat. Adrian is having trouble keeping his new year's resolutions (especially "I will not be condescending to my humans"), and he's also adjusting to the fact that his humans have a new baby, his best friend needs constant advice, and he's in love for the first time—with the angelic-seeming Snowball. When Snowball turns out to be less than perfect and tries to lead Adrian into organized crime, he refuses to follow her and instead joins up with a scruffy yet tender alley cat named Gypsy. After Snowball's gang runs Adrian out of town, he is forced to make some strange friends and travel a rough road in order to get home safely to his family and to his new love, Gypsy.

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Children's Literature - Gwen Vanderhage
Adrian Cat is determined to become a better cat, so he starts his year off with some New Year's resolutions: he will not be condescending to his humans; he will be decisive, particularly about being in or out; and he will promote world peace between dogs, cats, and mice. Thus begins the daily journal of one year in a cat's life. Chronicled every day are Adrian's struggles to get along with the neighborhood cats, to win the affections of lovely lady cats, and to conquer other fears such as fear of heights. Adrian's relationship with his humans is somewhat humorous, especially his mystification with the new "kitten." His observations about the human world and his interpretation of their possessions and behaviors are amusing but trite. Adrian is a philosophical cat and muses on the meaning of life and relationships romantic, platonic, and fraternal. While perhaps entertaining for a cat lover, the Macfarlane's third cat book is neither engaging nor appropriate for children.
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Gr 5-8
Adrian is playful, kind, and compassionate. He is also maddening, a poor judge of character, and incapable of seeing the world from any point of view other than his own. He is, in fact, a cat. This day-by-day account chronicles a year in which he joins a criminal gang, saves the life of a wounded fox, befriends a slightly insane pirate parrot and a baby robin, falls in and out of love with gorgeous but deceitful Snowball, and finally finds real happiness with the disheveled but wise stray Gypsy. This blatant hat-tip to Sue Townsend's The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (HarperCollins, 2003) is a one-joke book until about October, when Adrian Cat finally manages to get his priorities straight. That is a long time to read about his tug-of-war with his human, Trousers, over the new chair in the house, or his attempts to teach the baby, Brat-2, how to be a kitten. While Adrian's deadpan observations about life from a cat's perspective are funny, they are not enough to sustain interest in the narrative. The success of the story relies greatly on readers' understanding of a cat's innate character and whether or not they will get the puns. The book ends poised for a sequel, but only the most avid of feline lovers will even enjoy this installment.
—Kara Schaff DeanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933255231
  • Publisher: DNA Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Pages: 286
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Macfarlane is a SAP PDM Specialist. Linda Macfarlane is a principal teacher at a primary school.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

    365 days in the life of Adrian, cat. Literally. This is Adrian's diary, starting on January 1st. On which he resolves, among other things, to not be condescending toward his humans, to be more decisive about going in or out, and to promote world peace between cats, dogs, and mice. Adrian has great plans for the next year. <BR/><BR/>As is the case with most resolutions, Adrian's are sometimes abandoned. By January 2nd he has already decided that his humans, Skirt and Trouser, don't deserve the amount of respect he was considering giving them, and since the 6th is "Condescension Monday"... Some resolutions are reworked. When the neighbor humans get a dog, it becomes obvious that cats and dogs won't be getting along anytime soon, so Adrian limits his peacemaking efforts to cats and mice. It would be so much easier, though, if mice weren't so tasty! <BR/><BR/>There's much more to the life of Adrian Cat. Over the course of a year he falls in love, falls out of love, falls in love again, challenges the neighborhood bully cat, leads a rebellion, makes new friends, celebrates various cat holidays, and so much more. Adrian is a highly evolved and intelligent cat, if he does say so himself. And if you don't believe him, just read for yourself! <BR/><BR/>If you're a cat person, this is the book for you! And if you're not, you'll have a lot of hilarious fuel for your arguments. And just in case you were wondering -- yes, cats do know which humans don't like them. And they go for you on purpose.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2007

    Secret Diary of Adrian Cat

    What a wonderful book! Secret Diary of Adrian the cat is 365 days into the life of Adrian the cat. This is Adrian's diary, starting on January 1st. On which he tries to keep his New years resolutions and like most of us can't. Among other things,he falls in love out of love,, and tries to promote peace between cats, dogs, and mice. Adrian has great plans for next years resolutions,[Don't we all] ,LOL! If you love cats you will relate to this exciting cat adventure and if you don't have a likeing to cats you soon will. I smiled and giggled through the whole book and I could not put it down until I read it cover to cover, A great gift for Birthdays Holidays ect. A must read. I give it 5 stars.... Great job! well done Mcfarlanes in representing the true characteristics of feline behavior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2007

    Secret Diary of Adrian Cat

    Secret Diary of Adrian Cat is such a great take of how cats think in human terms. I myself have 4 cats and Adrian truely represents the everyday life of cats.I absolutely would refer this book to everyone. its a must read! Great Gift to those cat lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2007

    Fantastic book for teens and adults.

    I bought this book for my 12 year old son - he laughed so much I had to read it myself - brilliant. Very funny humor from a very clever cat. My favorite piece is the DesideCata: Stroll placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in a long and tranquil nap. As far as possible, without being in any way humble, be on good terms with all creatures ¿ with the obvious exception of dogs. Meow your desires loudly and clearly and occasionally listen to others, even your human, for she may be calling you for dinner. Avoid the company of fleas, they are vexations to both spirit and body. Enjoy your achievements ¿ particularly wallpaper lovingly scratched and pieces of string thoroughly chased. Keep interest in your career, there will always be a need for good mousers in the changing fortunes of time. Be yourself especially do not feign affection ¿ except when you need a warm lap to sleep on. Neither be cynical about love of cream, for through your charmed and enchanted existence it is as perennial as the grass it comes from. Take kindly the council of the years and rejoice in the fact that you have nine lives. Nurture arrogance of spirit to shield you from sudden misfortune such as getting stuck up a tree. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born out of getting less than twenty three hours sleep in a day. Beyond a wholesome discipline be gentle with yourself and groom yourself frequently. You are a cat of the universe, so much greater than humans and dogs you have a right to be served. And even though you may sleep through most of it, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. With all its snacks, adventures and peaceful dreams, it is truly a beautiful world. Be content. Continue to be happy.

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