The Cat's Pajamas: 101 of the World's Cutest Cats

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As the French novelist Colette proclaimed, "There are no ordinary cats." And there's nothing ordinary about the fabulous felines in this stunning collection of cat characters. From the proud Abyssinian to the Classic Tabby, The Cat's Pajamas is a complete compendium of the world's cutest cats.

Rachael Hale, an internationally acclaimed photographer and cat devotee, is adept at capturing the unique charm of every cat she photographs. Along with her gorgeous portraits, The Cat's ...

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Overview

As the French novelist Colette proclaimed, "There are no ordinary cats." And there's nothing ordinary about the fabulous felines in this stunning collection of cat characters. From the proud Abyssinian to the Classic Tabby, The Cat's Pajamas is a complete compendium of the world's cutest cats.

Rachael Hale, an internationally acclaimed photographer and cat devotee, is adept at capturing the unique charm of every cat she photographs. Along with her gorgeous portraits, The Cat's Pajamas provides information on each breed, details of temperament, color, and history, as well as fascinating anecdotes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740779640
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 809,812
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Photographer and bestselling author Rachael Hale is one of the world's most popular and successful photographers. Her endearing images have been published on greeting cards, calendars, posters, and stationery around the world, and her books have sold over 2.5 million copies in 11 languages.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Rachael now lives in the south of France with her husband Andrew and their Dalmatian Boxer-cross named Kizzie.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    A treat for cat lovers

    Attention cat owners - if you're looking for a fun, lighthearted look at cat breeds around the world, that's full of fabulous photos, then you just might want to check out The Cat's Pajamas. This book is stuffed full of wonderful pictures that will bring a smile to anybody who has ever been purred upon. The Cat's Pajamas is broken down into six chapters - Shorthair, Semilonghair, Longhair, Asian, Oriental, and Miscellaneous as well as an index for searching. For the serious cat aficionado, there may be nothing new here as far as breeds, but for those who are not well versed in the enormous variety within the cat world, there will be numerous "how cool" moments while perusing this book. Have you ever heard of the Russian Blue? They really are blue (!) and the photo of a pair of them scrunched into a cat box is precious. The Temple Cat fast asleep with its teddy bear (or whatever that stuffie is!) is likewise adorable. In fact, I couldn't find a photo in this book that I didn't like - okay, perhaps the Persian looking quite annoyed at the pink ribbon in its hair was a bit too contrived but it did make me laugh. At just over 200 pages, that's a lot of cats/breeds shown in this book! Admittedly, about three-quarters of the photos are single page prints with text on the opposing page that has information on the breed, background, appearance, color, temperament, as well as a few well-placed quotes. While there's not enough information for the person shopping for a breed of cat to bring into her home, the book does provide a good starting point to pick a few breeds and then research further. More importantly, it is a fun treat for cat lovers who want some cat-related entertainment. Quill says: A treat for cat lovers, this book is the perfect gift for those who can't get enough "cat."

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    My 4 year old daughter loves this book

    When I found The Cat's Pajamas in the bargain bin at my local bookstore I was pretty sure I had found a winner. Lots and lots of pictures of cats meant my pre-reading daughter would be able to wallow in cats to her heart's delight, buying me some precious time to sleep in or read a book of my own.

    This theory was only half-right. I did find a winner, but there is nothing quiet about my daughter's enjoyment of this book.

    "Mommyo, there's a cat in a bag, can you believe your eyes?"

    "Mommyo, there's a cat wearing glasses! That's so silly!"

    "Mommyo, that cat's purple!"

    (No, really, apparently British Shorthairs come in purple now. Well, lilac, if you want to get technical about it.)

    This book is clearly a big hit with my daughter, who has fallen asleep clutching it more than once.

    I like many things about it too. There are several breeds in here that I've never heard of, and Hale does a good job of succinctly describing the origins of those rarer (and/or newer) breeds.

    My main criticism of the book is that the subtitle, "101 of the World's Cutest Cats," sets an impossibly high bar for a book that doesn't include a single tortoiseshell cat.

    Also, with a few exceptions such as the silver shaded Chinchilla Persian on p. 150, the chocolate Mandalay on p. 66, and the cream Devon Rex on p 52, Hale's photos are simply extremely competent images of cats being cats. Here and there Hale shows her subjects doing something unexpected and adorable, but for the most part, her images lack the artistry of Anne Geddes or the humor of William Wegman. The cover photo actually is a pretty good example of what I mean. The photo is cute, but cat-wearing-bow is hardly a surprising or original concept.

    That said, my daughter (who has never heard of either Geddes or Wegman) clearly doesn't care. She just loves having a photo album of her beloved kittens.

    (Review originally published on my blog: Caterpickles--Scientific and Linguistic Engagement with a 4 year old mind)

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