Friday 23 April 2021

Love To Read? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #165 featuring **How To Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language** by Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman 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 it's been a slow week in the library as I've been snoozing oodles in the catservatory because it's been so lovely and warm in there.

I did go outside briefly to check if it was warm enough for a snooze under the gazebo, but not yet; I'm thinking at least another 10 degrees celsius is required for that.

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I had a quick look in the potting shed, and though it was warmer than the gazebo, I decided the catservatory was a veritable heat-bath in comparison! MOL

How's the weather where mew are this week?

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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. _________ is a non-cat related blog I follow.

2. My favorite place to shop online for _________ is _________.

3. _________ has been keeping me busy lately.

4. If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self _________.

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

1. is a non-cat related blog I follow. It's a dog blog! LOL

2. ONE of - My favorite place to shop online for fabric and sewing stuff is have some really fun fabrics as I'm always on the lookout for new prints to make the snuggle mats, and yes, the stock is starting heap up now. Hopefully, I might get the shop open this year.

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On the left are some of the snuggle mats waiting for the pom pom trim and on the right are the matching kicker toys. There are matching catnip cushions too, so you can have the whole matching set, and the catnip I use is organic, homegrown at BBHQ.  Also, there will be snuggle mats with no trim, and I have a selection of upcycled fabrics to make cheaper 'no frills' snuggle mats for using outdoors or for in catio's. The B Team cats love theirs, and they wash really well too. Obviously, I'm testing a selection of the products before I open a shop as the last thing I want is for anyone to be unhappy with anything. I don't need that drama in my life.

3. Gardening has been keeping me busy lately. There are so many jobs to do, and I want to build a deck in the back corner of the garden; it was planned before my accident, and I'm hopeful that this year it might get done.

4. If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self; buy a lottery ticket with these numbers on this date! LOL  But seriously, I'd say go train to be a psychiatrist and don't work for the family business, go and do your own thing.

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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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How To Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language

Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman
Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

We know cats are beautiful, secretive, and independent ... but even the most loyal cat owners are often baffled by their own pet's behavior. With veterinarian expert Dr. Gary Weitzman as a guide, this fun book helps kids understand what cats are trying to communicate by their body language and behavior. So if you've ever wondered what Fluffy means when she's purring or moving her tail emphatically from left to right - this book is for you!
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So what did I think about this week's top book pick? I really, really liked it. While I feel most veteran cat owners would probably know the majority of the information shared but that's not to say they wouldn't enjoy it, I think they would. However, for newbie cat pawrents I can see this would be a supurr book to have, and for teaching children about cats, I don't think mew could get a better instruction manual!

It's full of useful info to assist in navigating the rather complex ways of us cats; there are sections on body language, facial expressions, tail positions and many, many more categories all accompanied with oodles of cute cat pictures.

I think mew could purrobably call this a how to guide, and it really does deliver, so if mew're looking for the purrfect pressie for any cat lover, and as a gift for a newbie cat mum/mom or dad, I think this would be epic.

A really top paw read!

  • Publisher: National Geographic Kids
  • Paperback: 176 pages
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Ratings of:

How To Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language

Overall Enjoyment

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

It's time fur 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.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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  1. I'm glad you got out n' about sweet Amber and that was a good review! We enjoyed the fill-in answers too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  2. That sounds like a great book!! We love your answer to #4!!!!

    The Florida Furkids

  3. Love your fill-ins. I visit that dog blog too. They are such fun.

    A great read for those trying to decipher cat speak. Sometimes I can and other times not so much.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Scritches all around and a hug to mom. ♥

  4. We have had some lovely weather this week and we spent some of it outside in the sun, rolling in the dirt and relaxing on the deck under the gazebo! You have pawsome choices. We LOVE your fill-ins! We Love the LLB gang too! and the book review is awesome! We should send that book to our God Father! He never knows what we are trying to tell him! And we are Thankful for your guys and your Mom! We love to come and visit and read about all the action going on!

  5. Always nice to see you Amber. That sounds like a good book. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. That fabric is so pretty. I wish I could shop their, but the postage would be too expensive. My hubby would take the advice of avoiding the family business too. They had a backhoe building business his father started in the 1940's, but my hubby and his brother had to close in 2005. XO

  6. That sounds like a great book. Sometimes it's hard to get the people to know what we're demanding, especially since we have so many different vocalizations that vary from cat to cat.
    Midnight & Cocoa
    Mini & Fluff
    Tyler & Marty
    Beeb, Beanie & Bella

  7. That sounds like a great book. You are never too old to learn something new.
    It has been lovely here as well, but a very strong and chilly easterly wind. I wish it would warm up as we are still getting hard frosts at night, and I have bedding plants starting to flower that are waiting to be planted out.

  8. We really liked that last Fill In! Dad says he would do that too MOL. Sounds like a fun book Amber hope it warms up soon

  9. Mudpie has her snuggle mat that you sent us in her KatKabin and she adores it!

  10. We enjoyed reading your answers. That sounds like a great book, thanks for the review ! Purrs

  11. That book sounds great, Amber. We sure hope the weather gets warmer for you soon.

    We loved your fill-in answers, especially number 4!

  12. Isn't warm weather lovely, Amber? Do you ever take books from your library to read outside in nice weather? And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! Your snuggle mats look so cozy! I bet any kitty would be happy to snooze on them. Purrs!


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