Book Review: whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds

Lowenstein thinks the DIY mouse-catcher is a good idea.

From the publisher:

You’ve always wondered what your cat does when you’re not at home. But little did you know, he was spending all his time on the kitty classifieds-nonopposable thumbs be damned! Whether ISO A love connection, new bandmates, or a lightly-used litterbox, whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds is the go-to choice for internet-savvy felines.


My review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first heard about whiskerslist by Angie Bailey. I thought it sounded cute and since cats already rule the internet, it didn’t seem far fetched that they would have their own classifieds site. What I found was a hilarious book that I didn’t want to put down!

whiskerslist is full of ads that you can imagine any cat would place. Maybe Fluffy is looking to trade a jingle ball for a catnip mouse. Maybe Tom lives with a human who constantly takes pictures of him and posts them on the internet without asking his permission and he’s looking to take legal action. Or possibly Skippy is holding a nip festival in his basement. Of course, that could lead to looking on whiskerslist for someone to facilitate an intervention for that buddy who has hit rock bottom with the nip. You might even see an ad from a dog looking for help from a cat!

My personal favorite is the cat from Mason City, IA offering services of, well, fertilizing gardens. He claims to “eat an organic raw food diet” and that he leaves “tidy but generous deposits.” Ms. Bailey offers different levels of humor in the various ads, some leaving me giggling, grinning, or even snorting with laughter.

Recommended for:

Cat lovers, gift giving.

About the author:

Angie Bailey is a freelance writer, blogger, humorist, and professional member of the Cat Writers’ Association. She is the creator and writer of the Catladyland blog, which won the 2011 Pettie Award for Funniest Pet Blog/Blogger, as well as the 2013 BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media award for Best Humor Blog. She lives with her husband, two kids, and three cats in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Find the book online at, and Angie at

Title: whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds

Author: Angie Bailey

Publisher: Running Press

Publication Month: September 2013

Paperback: 208 pages

ISBN: 978-0-7624-4981-1

Rating: 4 paws

You’re My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People

Yaz is my dog and I’m his dawg.

From the publisher:

Inside You’re My Dawg, Dog you’ll find 146 dog terms, idioms, proverbs and metaphors explained for people. On a single page you will find quotes from Shakespeare and Rihanna, Pre-Socratic philosophers, Black Sabbath and the NASDAQ.

My Review:

You’re My Dawg, Dog is a fascinating and informative book. I learned that “dog days of summer” originated from the rising of Sirius (the dog star) at the hot part of summer and that “dog shelf” is the floor. There were many words and phrases that I was familiar with and some whose meanings and origins I knew. There were lots of others that I had never even heard of and found very fun to discover. My new favorite phrase is “blowing dogs off chains.” Want to know what it means? It’s in the book!

Although it was easy to read through in a sitting, it also has a handy alphabetical index in the back. That way, if the reader has a phrase they want to look up later, they can find exactly where it is. The book also has fun illustrations to go along with several of the terms.

Recommended for:

Dog lovers, linguistics enthusiasts.

About the Author:

Donald Friedman is the author of the award-winning novel The Hand Before the Eye and the internationally praised and translated The Writer’s  Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers.

About the Illustrator:

J.C. Suares has designed, written, and illustrated more than one hundred books, including The Hollywood Dictionary, Art of the Times, Manhattan, Dogs in Love, Black and White Dogs, Hollywood Dogs, Fat Cats, Cool Mutts, Funny Dogs, and Funny Babies. His illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Time, and Variety.

Title: You’re My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People

Author: Donald Friedman

Illustrator: J.C. Suares

Publisher: Welcome Books

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Hardcover: 94 pages

ISBN: 978-1-59962-123-4

Rating: 4 Paws

Book Review: Cha Cha and the Picnic Basket

Yaz is ready for his bedtime story.

From the cover:

Harry and James are so excited about taking their brand new puppy, Cha Cha, to the park for the very first time…until Cha Cha suddenly disappears! Where has he gone? Doesn’t he know that you should not leave your friends and run off and hide? Have the boys lost their beautiful golden Labrador forever or is Cha Cha just doing what Labs love to do?

My review:

Cha Cha and the Picnic Basket is a fun rhyming story for children. It would be great for story time or bedtime. The story teaches a sweet lesson about owning a pet in terms kids will understand. The pastel-colored illustrations add to the story without distracting small minds. It is the first in a series of eight books featuring Cha Cha. I can’t wait to share this story with the children in my life! Until then, I’ll have to settle for reading it to Yaz.

Recommended for:

Teachers and parents of toddlers to early school-age children.

About the Author:

Lisa Stephens is a children’s author, retired teacher, animal lover and community contributor. Most importantly, she is a full-time wife and mother to sons Harry and James (plus two dogs and a cat!). She spent many years teaching 5- to 12-year olds both in physical education and the classroom, retiring permanently when her two sons entered upper primary school. Her book series following her beloved family pet-a golden Labrador Retriever named Cha Cha-is enhanced by her many experiences both teaching and raising young children. Stephens also supports Guide Dogs Australia, donating a portion of her book proceeds to the charitable organization.

About the Illustrator:

Declan Smith is a young dog lover from Australia. At the age of 17, Declan graduated from Marist College Ashgrove and recently began his studies in the Visual Arts at the Queensland University of Technology. Declan lives in Brisbane with his family and their much-loved Golden Retriever, Timmy.

Title: Cha Cha and the Picnic Basket (as told by James Stephens, age 4)

Author: Lisa Stephens

Illustrator: Declan Smith

Publisher: Xlibris

Softcover: 35 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4797-8410-3

Rating: 4 paws

Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed

From the cover:

From the author of Sorry I Peed On You and Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe comes yet another collection of hilarious and heartwarming letters-this time decoding the quirky minds of supercute kitty cats! In Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed, our furry feline friends finally get to explain to humans why we should be honored when they stick their butts in the air during a back scratch, how lucky we are that they bravely protect us from laser pointers, and why the only social network you truly need is a cat sitting on your computer’s keyboard. This charming, clever and humorously insightful book will allow cat lovers a glimpse into the minds of our cuddly and occasionally cantankerous little kitty friends, who somehow believe that the way to our hearts is by sleeping on our heads.

My review:

Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed is a funny, quick read full of fantastic photographs. Each turn of the page contains a letter from a different kitty and an adorable picture to go along with it. I was grinning throughout the whole book and laughing out loud at times. I had fun sitting and reading this little kitty book and I think other cat lovers will, too. My cats and I give it four paws up!


Recommended for:

Cat lovers, anyone needing a laugh, or someone looking for a gift book.


About the Author:

Jeremy Greenberg blogs for and is a stand-up comedian.


Title: Sorry I Barfed On Your Bed (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty)

Author: Jeremy Greenberg

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

Paperback: 64 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4494-2704-7

Rating: 4 paws


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