Like many intellectuals, The Bear would prefer a life of quiet solitude with plenty of time to gaze forlornly into space and contemplate society's ills. Unfortunately he is destined to spend his days surrounded by felines of a significantly lower IQ....
RALPH: handsome, self-satisfied tabby, terrified of the clothes horse. SHIPLEY: mouthy hooligan and champion mouser, rendered insensible by being turned upside-down. ROSCOE: fiercely independent kitten, tormented by her doppelganger in the mirror. And then there's Tom, writing with his usual wit and charm about the unexpected adventures that go hand in hand with a life at the beck and call of four cats...or three cats and a sensitive poet who just happens to be a foot high and covered in fur.
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By david on 19-03-15
Funny and quirky
I love the cats of Tom Cox and the way he explains their individual personalities. Obviously the Bear is my favourite but Shipley's swearing makes me think that in another life I was a shouty cat, I'm certainly a shouty sweaty human. They all feel like old friends and I laughed and chuckled happily on the bus and while in bed so that the others and my husband now think I'm completely mad. Which is fine. May you disarm bus passengers too with your spontaneous chuckles.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Beccameriel on 03-08-15
A cat book that's funny and smart
I hugely enjoy Tom Cox's articles, blogs and tweets about his sad cat and thought I'd give one of his books a try. I'm so glad that I did. I love cats but generally dislike things about cats, depicting cats or shaped like cats.Definitely one for everyone who thinks a book about cats is bound to be twee. This is so funny and genuinely heartwarming without being sentimental. I too now long to gaze into The Bear's eyes and have him read my soul.
Mark Meadows is great - I especially enjoy his interpretation of Tom's dad almost all of whom's utterances made me laugh out loud.
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