Friday 12 February 2021

Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #156 Valentine's Edition featuring **The Valentine Cat** by Clyde Robert Bulla PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and furstly this week  Crystal and Daisy-Mae asked last time how they can get a library card. 

Just send me an email to:

deardrbasil @

With Library Card in the subject line, and attach a picture mew'd like on your card, and I'll email one back.

And because it's 2021, I thought it's been quite a while since my library cards had an update, so I decided to give them a little makeover.

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So if any of mew holding the original orange cards would like a new one, just email me with a picture, and I'll get an updated one sent out.

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This year, I'm hoping that instead of Valentine's Cards, I get sent some books or Amazon gift cards instead!

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Well, one can hope as this library doesn't run itself! MOL

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.

1. Years ago, I had a _________.

2. I used to want a _________, but now I don't.

3. I have just recently become interested in _________.

4. I wouldn't be where I am today without _________.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. Years ago, I had a 13.2hh grey Welsh Mountain pony called Charlie, he was the best pony ever and we used win no end of shows. In fact, I was only laughing the other day about how at one horse show we won every single event in our class. As Charlie and I were about to hack off into the sunset with a bridle full of red rosettes feeling rather pleased with our efforts, several of the other riders parents cornered me and insisted that it wasn't fair that I had won everything, and I should give the rosettes back (I could see their little darlings we're all bad losers and having crying tantrums).  I remember looking at these people trying to bully and intimidate me; I was 13 and on my own as my mum or dad never came to anything with me, and it made me really mad as they all started having a go at me. I remember saying as put my rucksack on and climbed on Charlie, "No, I'm not giving any rosettes back, the best pony and rider won!" And I rode off to the sound of screaming parents threatening me and the event organiser. Yep, there were real bad losers in the early-mid-1980's and things haven't improved over the years. 

2. I used to want a Dutch Friesian horse, but now I don't. I wanted one of the Dutch Friesians for as long as I can remember, and I always thought that maybe one day I'd get one, but after my fall I don't think it's a good idea, as I would hate to come off one and injure myself further. I would like to ride one just the once though to tick it off my bucket list, as I've ridden racehorses, eventers, dressage, thoroughbreds, arabians, lots of different types of horse, but that one to me is 'the ultimate one'  it's like a mythical unicorn! LOL

3. I have just recently become interested in baking. It's funny, as when I was at school I took metalwork and woodwork instead of cookery classes as I wasn't interested in cooking at all.  Suddenly, I need to bake cakes, scones, cookies, brownies, fruit pies, and muffins with chocolate chips. And next week it'll be biscuits. 

4. I wouldn't be where I am today without standing up for myself and standing my ground even when I was worried sick, scared or felt backed into a corner - see #1 is a prime example. I always remember a picture of some cute ducks with the saying: Be like a duck, remain calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like heck underneath. Yep, that's how it is.

Many thanks for all the fabulous birthday greetings last week, they made my day! 


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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

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Mewton-Clawson Library Copy

The Valentine Cat


Clyde Robert Bulla

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

The fortunes of a little black cat--with a heart-shaped spot on his forehead--lost in the woods, befriended by a poor artist, stolen by a mean chimney sweep, and finally reunited with his poor but happy friend.

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I've had this book for quite some time, in fact, I originally reviewed it in 2019, but as it's such a classic it deserves a second outing, and I thought instead of buying a new book I'd reshare this one.

The Valentine Cat was furst published 1959, so the book is 62 years old, how pawesome is that, epically so.

It tells the story of a lonely artist, who has given up on his painting, until one day a little cat who has a heart-shaped white splodge on his forehead turns up and needs a home - mew know I don't do spoilers, so enough said there! MOL 

This is a lovely story of furiendship and will delight all age groups. The illustrations throughout are absolutely delightful which makes reading the book even more enjoyable. 

My copy is a well-read second-hand pawed one as I don't think there's a current print run, and I do think buying used books is fun, and good for the planet too!  Though I just checked the price for the one we have and its selling on Amazon UK for £181.18 WOW that's incredible, though there are plenty of sellers starting at £3.70 + shipping on if mew would like to get your mittens on a copy.

In summary, I loved this little tale, and am so glad I got a copy, it's just purrfect for Valentines Day.

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Ratings of:

The Valentine Cat

Overall Enjoyment

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I really hope mew enjoy this gorgeous book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time for me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Don't forget to stop by on the morrow as its the Valentine's Special of Crafting with Cats, and I know mew won't want to miss it, mew won't beleive what we've got to show mew this time! 

Until next week...

Keep calm and read more books


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  1. That sounds like an excellent book and that was a wonderful review sweet Amber! We enjoyed the P.A.'s fill in answers too and we're glad she learned to paddle fast under the surface!

  2. Love your fill-ins and especially #1 and #4. There are some really bad loser aren't there. Yes and I would have done the same. You earn them you keep them and if you don't then you don't get anything. Participation badges make me a bit angry. It's called a competition for a reason.

    Amber is the best head librarian ever. Beautiful too.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to all the kitties. ♥

  3. Sounds like a great book. We're reading Snowball's Christmas.
    Did you get our email with our pictures for Library cards?

  4. That book is going to make some peep rich if they have one to sell!! Wow! Petcretary loves the 'older' stories, she used to get all kinds of them when the unfurs were small. So we guess they grew up on classics! Thanks for sharing this with us, Amber!

    I had to look up the Frisian horse breed, being of Dutch heritage, I had to know. LOL! They are beautiful and also very high maintenance...

    I am sorry your PA had such a difficult seasons her life. But it HAS shaped her into the lovely lady she is now. ♥

  5. Good for you refusing to give up your hard won rosettes! There is nothing more bitchy than the equine world when you are winning.
    We had a Friesian warmblood at livery with us about 20 years ago. The owner had an accident and couldn't ride for a couple of months and asked if I could exercise him for her. Of course I jumped at the chance. It was a very different experience than riding my 15.2 Irish TB ex racehorse. When he was at full gallop he stretched his neck right out as if he was on the racetrack. The Friesian was a lot bigger at 17HH and held his head very high. The ride was very bouncy too, and more than once I was glad to have that big high neck to grab hold of.

  6. We really enjoyed those fill ins. Yes people are so... terrible. Glad you stuck up for yourself. We really enjoyed your review Amber and found a copy on Abes Books. Whee. We will get it after Valentines but it will be ready for next year. PS ordered a new card

  7. Amber, that was a great review. I hope you get a lot of Valentine's gift cards.
    Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am glad you held your ground at the horse show. That was mean of the parents to corner you. I hope you get to ride that Friesian soon. Have a nice weekend. XO

  8. Hi Amber, this is Dori *wavy paws* I so enjoyed reading yoor meowmy's fill in answers. And that book sounds so cute. My momma found her favorite cat book as a child on the in-purr-net years ago. She remembers reading it over and over. It was about a prince and princess who found a cat they loved, but ended up giving it to their daddy the King for his birthday, even though they really wanted to keep the kitty for themselves. I guess there was a happy ending, but I never went to skool so I can't wead. So sad.

  9. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop sweet friends!

  10. That sounds like a good book.


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