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The book suffers slightly in comparison to the videos...

  • Aug 11, 2013
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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.

Obtained From: Library
Payment: Borrowed

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Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more
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"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 be familiar to anyone who has brought a new pet into the mix. Tofield has several cats in real life and bases the book’s believable personalities on his own feline observations."
--Cat Fancy

"From horrors to hilarities, it's chock full of clever illustrations and real-life kitten chaos."

"Overall a very cute and funny read. Highly recommended to all fans of cat humor. The drawings are cute and the antics of the kitten and cat are pretty darn accurate. I really enjoyed this book, it will make a great book to sit on the coffee table to make people laugh."
--Karissa's Reading Review

"Move over, Garfield. Simon's Cat is the new funny fat cat in town!"
--A Year of Reading Blog

"I hadn’t seen any of the previous books before, and I wasn’t sure how the cartoons would translate to print. Turns out they translate well--I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It’s impossible to look through the book without winding up with a big smile on your face."
--Conscience Cat

"Throughout the course of the book, the two cats fight, play tricks on each other, and generally cause mayhem, in a way that will be hilariously recognizable to anyone who has ever had to contend with two pets who don't get along."
--Catsparella Blog

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