I Am the Cat, Don't Forget That: Feline Expressions

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What would cats say if they were of a mind to talk? Valerie Shaff and Roy Blount Jr. have a good idea ...

On the heels of their hugely successful I Am Puppy, Hear Me Yap and If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You, Shaff and Blount have paired again, this time for a witty and insightful look at America's other favorite pet -- the cat. Shaff captures the essence of the ever-elusive cat in her gorgeous photographs, and Roy Blount Jr., who the New York Times says is "in serious contention for the title of America's Most Cherished Humorist," provides accompanying verse that seems to speak a cat's thoughts. The combined result is a touching and often hilarious take on the minds and hearts of felines.

When I purr
Don't infer
It's because you pat.

No, you pat
Because I purr.

I am the cat,
Don't forget that.

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Valerie Shaff's photographs have been exhibited internationally and have appeared in The New Yorker, Martha Stewart Living, and In Style. This book is Valerie's fourth collaboration with Roy. She lives in upstate New York.



Humorist, sportswriter, poet, performer, lecturer, dramatist, and author of seventeen books, Roy Blount Jr.’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic. His work has also been anthologized in such collections as The Best of Modern Humor and The Ultimate Baseball Book. He lives in western Massachusetts and New York City.

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Shaff and Blount, who previously charmed pet lovers with I Am Puppy, Hear Me Yap and If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You, return with this ode to the cat, which takes the form of cute black-and-white photos accompanied by silly but often clever little poems ("Yes, I knocked over/ the candelabrum./ And now I’m on the sofa./ What is the problem?"). From Dr. Suessian quatrains ("I’m a cat,/ Can’t you see?/ You can’t get/ Over on me") to darker, more Edward Gorey-esque rhymes (" ‘Eat that,’ you say, ‘that’s good!’/ Tell a cat about a cat’s food. / You know what’s good?/ Rat’s blood"), humorist and author Blount, a frequent guest on the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me, acknowledges the feline’s peculiar mix of pride, sloth, curiosity and independence. Shaff’s photos may owe more to the charm of their subjects than to skilled composition, but all are perfectly serviceable and some are downright delicious.
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