‘It’s All About Me-ow’ by Hudson Talbott: Life instructions for any new kitten

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Rating: 4 1/2 stars

“It’s All About Me-ow” is the perfect book for anyone considering adopting a cat or anyone who has a cat or two (or more). The author, Hudson Talbott, as might be expected, has two cats. Surely this book was inspired by their utterly depraved albeit luxurious lifestyle.

Buddy, the cat, introduces the new kittens (one of whom is adorably drawn with huge round eyes and large pink ears) to the science of living with “those tall creatures” called humans. Talbott cleverly plays with words that sound like “meow.” For example, “Now’s the time to take control! You’re probably saying, ‘Me? How? Me? How?'”

There are diagrams comparing the body parts of cats and humans. Cat eyesight: laserlike; human eyesight: dim. Cat nose: cute and powerful; human nose: big but feeble. There is a double spread titled “A Catwalk Through History,” with the history of cats from the first mammal that walked out of the ocean through Egyptian times when cats were worshiped, and the Dark Ages when cats were almost wiped out, ending with modern times where cats are, for the most part, hogging the family bed.

Perhaps my favorite page is “Play With Your Humans,” wherein Buddy instructs the kittens in how to teach the humans games like “sit” and “stay” and “fetch” for hours of family fun. “Sit” is when the cat sits on the human. “Stay” is when the cat lies down on the human, thus preventing the human from getting up. (It’s true. When a cat lies down on your lap, you don’t move for fear of making the cat leave.) “Fetch” is when the cat knocks over a container of pencils or vase of flowers or pile of books — cat owners know this game well — and the human picks up the pencils, flowers or books.

Dining out “dos” and “don’ts” include “do” catch the mouse, but “don’t” catch the gerbil. “Do” catch the fish in the creek, but “don’t” catch the fish in the goldfish bowl.

Cat lovers and wanna-be cat lovers will enjoy this book. Children with cats will understand the book and want to read it over and over. Adults, too.