by Amy Goldwasser
This is a fun, quirky little book featuring black cats. Real black cats, whose owners or caretakers or slaves offered their names and details to be included in the book (it was a kickstarter thing). Each page shows the cat\’s face and tells some little tidbit about their quirky habits and personalities. There are cats that hate people, or love them. Cats who despise their own kind, cats who rule. Cats who like cheetos, lick plastic, stick their noses in people\’s ears. Endearing cats, annoying cats, all of them very much different from each other. What I didn\’t care for in this book were the occasional references to popular culture or famous people, which never sits well with me. It feels a bit snarky, New York- style.
The illustrations by Peter Arkle really make the book. You think -of course- at a glance that one black cat is very like another- there\’s one down the street from us that I often mistake for my own when I see it walking on the sidewalk. But the faces are so distinct here- the slant and expression in the eyes, the shapes of their noses, tilts of their ears, texture of the fur. The artist really captured their individuality. I like how the spread of the inside cover shows them all. Here\’s a sample:
Rating: 2/5 120 pages, 2016