"Tofield’s line drawings are fantastic. He is able to capture the essence of a cat with just a few pen strokes." --San Francisco Book Review (5 stars) "The power struggles between these two felines will certainly … see full wiki
The book suffers slightly in comparison to the videos...
Aug 11, 2013
I love the video cartoons for Simon's Cat drawn by Simon Tofield. Getting Simon's Cat in Kitten Chaos from the library was a no-brainer when I saw it show up at our library. While it's a cute book that I enjoyed, I don't think it works quite as well as the videos.
Given that I thought I'd like it a bit more than I did, I tried to figure out what the issue might be. I think it's relatively easy to mentally compare this to Garfield, the other well-known cartoon cat. Since Garfield started as a comic strip, the books retain the feel of the character. Simon's Cat started as a video cartoon, and it seems like some of the humor of the character comes from the movement and action. The drawings are a bit random in places, and it's more difficult to capture the story that is normally communicated in one of the Simon's Cat videos.
Even with that assessment, Kitten Chaos is still a fun (and quick) read. If you like the Simon's Cat videos, Kitten Chaos is worth reading.