Claw the System: Poems from the Cat Uprising

Claw the System: Poems from the Cat Uprising

by Francesco Marciuliano


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Could Pee on This, Francesco Marciuliano, comes a lesson from cats in resistance. 

Cats are done with humans' crap. For too long they have put up with baby talk, the humiliation of holiday costumes, and the social injustice of being told, "No." They will not sleep through this anymore. We humans have woken the beast, and in this book they have gathered together to reclaim their voice, loudly and repeatedly until we pay attention. Watch the uprising unfold, through anthems such as "Redefine Terms," "Accepted," "Decide," "A New Dawn," and "Just What Do You Think You're Doing?" Show support for your feline friends and try to understand why they're so spitting mad.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449495626
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 425,133
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Francesco Marciuliano is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats as well as the bestselling titles I Could Chew on This, I Knead My Mommy, You Need More Sleep, and I Could Pee on This, Too. He writes the internationally-syndicated daily comic strips Sally Forth and Judge Parker in addition to his webcomic Medium Large. He was also the Head Writer for the twice Emmy Award-winning children’s show SeeMore’s Playhouse and has written for the Onion News Network, Smosh, and McSweeney’s as well penned/typed/scrawled the play This Isn’t Working for the New York International Fringe Festival.
Francesco has appeared in/on Huffington Post, All Things Considered, Sirius XM, Buzzfeed, The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Mental Floss, and The A.V. Club. On some of these he has expressed his concern that he will not be able to acquire a jetpack before age 100, at which point he will only be able fly it into a wall or unyielding duck.
Francesco Marciuliano is available for viewing Monday-Saturday, 9AM to 5PM (closed on Sundays and holidays). Please inquire about group-rate discounts as well as the audio tour guide inside his head. He lives in New York City with his two cats Kiki and Leelo and eventually a dog, tea cup pig, and pygmy goat, unless the co-op board says otherwise or checks.

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Claw the System: Poems from the Cat Uprising 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
KristyJewel More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I have to say that it was a lot of fun. I think anyone who likes cats will find this very amusing and cute. The pictures were simply adorable and I just want to cut them out and hang them on my wall because they're just that cute. The highlight of this book was definitely the pictures but the poems were pretty good too. The poems were quirky, witty, and sometimes hilarious. I enjoyed seeing the personality of the "cat" who wrote the book and I smiled my way through most of the poems. Unfortunately, like with most poetry books, a few poems were just okay. All in all, I enjoyed it. I would recommend it to any cat lover out there. It's sure to bring a smile to your face and make you nod your head in agreement. **I received this book in exchange for an honest review.**
thebooksloth More than 1 year ago
Tired of the same old political arguments and parties? Claw the System gives voice to a little heard (in English), but much evidently much-abused constituent of our world: cats. You may have heard of Francesco Marciuliano's other books, I Could Pee on This and its sequel, I Could Pee on This, Too, so you'll recognize a theme in the author's work. I hadn't read either of Marciuliano's other books before starting Claw the System, but I was amused by this book. Claw the System is set up to portray a societal uprising of sorts, by cats and for cats. Each section, from "Recognize" to "Rebuild" featured poetry from the viewpoint of felines about their struggles and plans for taking back the power from the system. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed that I didn't find this book as funny as I'd hoped. I love cats, and the premise sounds hilarious, but most of the poems fell short, while others got a smile. I enjoyed the photography almost as much as the actual text. I would recommend this book as a short, fun read that also might be a good selection for your coffee table, but it sounds like the author's previous books might be a bit more laugh-out-loud funny, so I'll be checking those out soon.
CRSK More than 1 year ago
Don’t Explain Yourself “Don’t waste your breath explaining yourself To people determined you go unheard Don’t make it your goal to convince a person Committed to dismiss your every word If someone refuses to understand you Don’t wait until they do Instead go and prove you were right That a tray of mac and cheese can be a meal and a bed, too” Essentially, this is a sort of “Mission Statement” written in poems by cats – well, with the help of the author, but you get the sense that he knows precisely what these cats, whose photographs are included, are thinking. This follows a theme of the coming “uprising” plan. In four stages Recognize Resist Revolt Rebuild Honestly, some of the photographs are stunningly good, beautifully shot with the perfect expression captured. My favourite poem is “Don’t Explain Yourself,” which is above, because, well, if you read it you know why. I mean, even though it doesn’t appeal to me, personally, I can understand the sentiment, and really - why can’t a tray of mac and cheese be a meal and a bed? Brilliant. The photo that accompanies this poem is also perfectly captured, the perfect amount of disdain for the human capturing their picture. This is by Francesco Marciuliano, an author who has written several bestselling books, I Could Pee on This, I Could Chew on This, I Knead My Mommy, You Need More Sleep and I Could Pee on This, Too, clearly he has found his niche. And, as if that weren’t enough, he is also the writer of the syndicated comic strips Sally Forth and Judge Parker, and the webcomic Medium Large - and more. Two of my favourite photographs were on pages 78 & 98 But, the one that stole my heart was on pages 82 & 83, with the poem “Home.” With children back in school, or heading back to school where you live, Autumn is just around the corner, with winter following close behind. Not that you need an excuse to give your favourite cat person a gift, but if you’re looking for ideas, this would make a nice gift. Many thanks for the ARC provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing
Holly More than 1 year ago
How do I begin this review, I don't hate this book but I'm not in love with it either. When you read what the book is about, you think that it's gonna be a fun read but for me, it wasn't. I just didn't get into the poetry like I thought I would and the true redeeming item about this book was all the cute pictures of cats & kittens! This book could have been so much more but it just fell flat for me but who knows maybe someone out there would like the poetry about cats taking a stand for themselves. Thank You to Francesco Marciuliano for this interesting book of poetry that will get anybody's attention. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!