Review: How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman

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how to tell if your cat is plotting to kill youTitle: How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You
Author: Matthew Inman
Genre: Non-fiction, Humour
Source: Library (Paperback)

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TheOatmeal.com’s most popular cat jokes, including “How to Pet a Kitty” and “The Bobcats,” plus 15 new and never-before-seen catthemed comics, are presented in this hilarious collection from New York Times best-selling author Matthew Inman, a.k.a. TheOatmeal.com. Includes pull-out poster!Jesus Rollerblading Christ–another helping of TheOatmeal! Mrow, MOAR kitty comics. Mr. Oats delivers a sidesplitting serving of cat comics in his new book, How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You.

If your cat is kneading you, that’s not a sign of affection. Your cat is actually checking your internal organs for weakness. If your cat brings you a dead animal, this isn’t a gift. It’s a warning. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You is a hilarious, brilliant offering of cat comics, facts, and instructional guides from the creative wonderland at TheOatmeal.com.

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You presents fan favorites, such as “Cat vs. Internet,” “How to Pet a Kitty,” and “The Bobcats,” plus 17 brand-new, never-before-seen cat jokes. This Oatmeal collection is a must-have from Mr. Oats! A pullout poster is included at the back of the book.

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(This review was originally posted on my blog Winter Distractions on March 23, 2013)

I am a big fan of The Oatmeal and their zany illustrations, so when I saw that this book was going to be released, I had to put a hold on it.

Unfortunately, this one kind of fell flat for me. There were some parts that I really, really loved and was laughing out loud — like, How to Pet a Kitty, which was hilarious, as were the pages on how to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you. But there were other parts that just seemed silly and not that funny, like the week-long comic of The Bobcats, two cats who work in an office and terrorize their coworkers. I think these ones didn’t appeal to me because they weren’t realistic cat cartoons.

One thing I do really like is the simplicity of the drawings and how it all translates from web to book. It’s very visually appealing and shows a lot of the quirkiness that you can get on the author’s website. I loved the layout of the book and how colourful it all was and not at all cluttered together.

This is definitely more of a library book than a buy book. I’m sure there are some of the sections alreaady on The Oatmeal, as well — actually, I’m pretty sure a LOT of these comics can be found for free on the website, so unless you’re a HUGE Oatmeal fan, I wouldn’t even suggest buying this one. I doubt you’d get what you paid for.

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