Wednesday 30 May 2018

Wordy on Wednesday with Biblio-Kitty Amber #70 featuring Bodacious The Shepherd Cat & The B Team Trying To Herd Sheep

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With me, Amber ~ The Self-Appointed Biblio-Kitty

Supurr salutations pawesome furriends

*waves paw*

Oh fabulous furriends, I'm a little sad that this is my last review post fur a while - well unless something extraordinarily wunderpurr catches my attention offur the summer jolly holly's and I have an urgent need to share! And can mew believe it's my 70th review too, who knew I read so much MOL.

This week I have something a little bit special to share with mew. A couple of weeks ago
 Harper Collins, yes THE Harper Collins publishers contacted little old me, really, it's true. I was so stunned I nearly fell off my library ladder when the P.A. came to tell me.

In fact mew could have dipped me in treacle then rolled me in catnip and I couldn't have been any more surprised!

Anyhoo, aftur the initial shock had passed the P.A. said they'd asked if I'd like a preview copy of their latest non-fiction kitty book called, Bodacious The Shepherd Cat.

Aftur reading the blurb and seeing what it was all about, it really made me smile as Bodacious herds rare breeds sheep, but more about the woolly jumpers later in the post. Now what does rare breeds mean? It means that certain species are on the danger list of becoming extinct as the breeds aren't popular in modern day farming.

So this purrticular book really resonated with the P.A. and I, as before the P.A.'s dad was diagnosed with cancer he was a rare breeds cattle-man, with White Park, Irish Moileds and several other breeds on the nearly extinct list which he bred to help rebuild the rapidly dwindling population. So a book about rare breeds sheep is so up & down our dale and right in our farm yard we couldn't believe it, and how could I say no to the pawsibility of a read like that!

I rushed to tell Basil and rest of The B Team about it and Basil said. "Amber that sounds incredible, how about we try a little sheep herding ourselves?"

I gave him rather quizzical glance. "But Basil, we don't have any sheep!" I replied.

"No but I know where we can get one, let me make a call!" he laughed.

One hour later Ramsbottom arrived in the garden, express delivery from Sheeps4Ewe.

Ramsbottom is a furry rare breed indeed, in fact I think he's the only one of his kind! MOL

Basil, Smooch and Pandora took it upon themselves to get things started with a full frontal and flanking approach.

As Smooch got closer and realized how big Ramsbottom actually was, he said...

 Aftur studying the lay of the land fur a few moments, Smooch was rather purrplexed and added...

Pandora then said...

Then she tried another method...

Aftur Ramsbottom failed rather miserably to follow Pandora, Basil said...

And so that was the furst and last time Basil & The B Team herded sheep.

Basil said. "Amber mew must tell Bodacious he's one epically cool kitty, and I wouldn't want his job if sheep are this stubborn! MOL

Oh, and if mew're wundering, Ramsbottom is still in the garden and is still refusing to move at all.

Now I think it's time fur yours truly to get on with the review.

This week I'm obviously sharing

image @Harper Collins

**Furstly I have to let mew all know that I was given a free copy of this book in exchange fur a fair review**

Here's the book blurb:

BODACIOUS: THE SHEPHERD CAT is a heart-warming and charming tale in which Bodacious tells us about life as The Shepherd Cat on Black Sheep Farm.

I wasn't always called Bodacious. I must have been called something else in my kittenhood, but it's all a bit of a mystery to my human. As far as she's concerned, I appeared one day and never left. It's a secret I plan to keep.

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So what did I think to Bodacious The Shepherd Cat? Furstly I do have to say what a rather handsome mancat Bodacious is, and Pandora is rather smitten, especially with him being of the woolly variety like herself!

What I really liked about the book is that it's a year in the life of Bodacious at the Black Sheep Farm, not a diary but more of a memoir, and it tells of the ups and downs, and highs and lows of farming today.

It's written from a C.P.O.V. aka Cats Point of View and Bodacious refers to his hooman as The Shepherd. The Shepherd often tells Bodacious the story of how he came to Black Sheep Farm, as mew know I don't do spoilers so mew'll have to read it, though I will say this; the day he arrived was the day The Shepherd went shopping fur some red ribbon and came home with him instead. Best shopping trip effur!

The breed of sheep which Bodacious herds are called Zwartbles, they're black with white socks & hooves, a white-tipped tail and a white blaze on their face, so they're furry distinctive in their appearance. Furry cute woolly jumpers fur sure, and I'd certainly like to try a blanky made from their wool someday as it looks supurr soft.

Throughout the story mew get to meet lots of other anipals that live on the farm; horses, dogs and chickens too, oh and let's not furget the rodent population which are well taken care of by another furrmily member. Mew get to read about lambing season, Irish country living, farm-life and some really delicious food. The graft is hard, the days are long and sometimes things don't go according to plan, but then there's the beautiful countryside to soothe your soul as don't furget Bodacious lives on the stunningly beautiful Emerald Isle, where the green is like no other in the wurld.

I must say that this is a fabulous read, and I think that mew, my pawesome readers will love this book as much as I did. I can say in four wurds what I think to this story:-

 Bodacious is epically epic.

I'd like to say furry many thanks to Harper Collins fur letting me get my paws on this exclusive preview copy with the most supurr cute kitty bookmark clipped on the front cover too, thanks so much guys!

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Mew can pre-order Bodacious's book as it won't be released until the 14th of June. And mew can follow him on social media here:



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    Hardcover: 246 pages 

  • Publisher:  Harper Collins

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I do hope mew enjoy this book if mew decide to give it a try.

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Sadly it's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and don't furget that I'll be back in the Autumn/Fall with another selection specially paw-picked cat-themed books just fur mew - that is unless I discover something truly EPIC in the meantime! MOL

Happy reading or listening

Bestest biblio purrs and kitty kisses

Amber xox

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  1. This book sounds really awesome!

  2. Guys, can I borrow Ramsbottom for a bit, the Kraken wants one of those cheap last minute submarine holidays and he looks just the dude to guard the place MOL
    What an excellent review, and we WILL be pre-ordering the book as soon as we can pawn some cheese to raise the cash MOL
    Toodle pips and purrs

    1. Hi Erin, oh sure come and get Ramsbottom, he doesn't say much though, must be the strong silent type! MOL Oh I'm sure mew'll just love this book! Purrs Amber xox

  3. Ramsbottom is pretty cool and the book sounds interesting too!

    1. Hi Brian, oh Ramsbottom is fantastic dude, but the book is even better! Purrs Amber xox

  4. "express delivery from Sheeps4Ewe.." ROFLOL!
    Terrific post AND book review!

    1. MOL yes that made us laugh hysterically too, who knew such a service was available! MOL Purrs Amber xox

  5. amber; how total lee kewl iz thiz !!!!!!!!! de book soundz sooooper amazin N for sure we will sneek over two de ewe noe wear stor N chex it out ;) ♥♥ we like de catz point oh veew when we reed R storeez !!

    N guyz...whoa ~~~~~~~may bee itz like a purrscpective kinda veew ..but ramsbottom
    lookz like heez bout 94 feet tall !!! :) ☺☺☺ sure him mite knot say much but we bet him doez knot eat much either ~~~~~~ !!

    happee summer brake amber ♥♥♥♥♥

    1. Tabbies & Miss Dai$y, thank mew and I'm sure mew'll really love the book! Oh Ramsbottom is one funny dude, and funny mew should mention his diet, he's done nothing to keep the lawn down in the passed week, Basil says he's sending him back and asking fur a refund! MOL Purrs Amber xox

  6. We think we would stay outta Ramsbottom's way! Sounds like a really cool book, too, Amber.

    1. Hey Island Cats, Basil is returning him fur a refund so don't panic guys, he'll be back where he belongs in no time! MOL purrs Amber xox

  7. This sounds like a terrific read. I will add it to my must read LIST!

    1. Hiya Dash Kitten Crew, oh mew so need this book guys, mew'll love it! Purrs Amber xox

  8. Congrats on your 70th review!!! This book sounds great, I definitely want to read that. I hope when my children's book comes out, you will review it, I would be honored. XO

    1. Hey guys, thanks mew i feel really accomplished at that and of course it will be my absolute purrleasure to review your children's book I'd love to - didn't know mew were writing one so I'll say many congrats on a wunderpurr achievement! Purrs Amber xox

  9. Ramsbottom looks to be quite a statuesque guy! Maybe you should try climbing on his back to motivate him?

    Bodacious, the Shepherd Cat, sounds wonderful! We will check it out for sure.


    1. Hiya Gracie and Ava, oh he is rather statuesque fur sure, mew know the P.A. was going to put a saddle on him and see if Fudge wanted to be a rodeo cat.... sadly we ran out of time! MOL Purrs Amber xox

  10. Amber, I think you might have save the best book to the last to review, 'cause it sounds furr-tastic! Maybe Pandora could send a Bodacious a secret admirer message? Mom wishes we had a farm and sheep. I think I'll leave the sheep hearding to the purr-fessionals. Tee hee hee. Enjoy your summer! Kisses!

  11. If I am not mistaken, Ramsbottom looks like a Zwartbles type of sheep...a blackie since zwart is Dutch for black....are they of dutch heritage? Over here I do not know much about sheep, even if there is such a site as Sheeps4ewe.

    I love how you all tried to herd that bug dude! MOL,MOL!

    Sounds like a most wonderful and sheepy read. Wait, its about a kitty!?!

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