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A Cat's Tale is a history of feline kind: its origins, the evolution of the relationship with their human companions, and the surprising ways in which feline history parallels that of humanity. From the prehistoric Felis (a large mammal from which all domestic cats have descended) to ancient Egyptian cat goddess, key cats of the Enlightenment to swashbuckling pirate feline A Cat's Tale is a history of feline kind: its origins, the evolution of the relationship with their human companions, and the surprising ways in which feline history parallels that of humanity. From the prehistoric Felis (a large mammal from which all domestic cats have descended) to ancient Egyptian cat goddess, key cats of the Enlightenment to swashbuckling pirate felines and infamous American tabbies, the story of catkind is told here in its totality.


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A Cat's Tale is a history of feline kind: its origins, the evolution of the relationship with their human companions, and the surprising ways in which feline history parallels that of humanity. From the prehistoric Felis (a large mammal from which all domestic cats have descended) to ancient Egyptian cat goddess, key cats of the Enlightenment to swashbuckling pirate feline A Cat's Tale is a history of feline kind: its origins, the evolution of the relationship with their human companions, and the surprising ways in which feline history parallels that of humanity. From the prehistoric Felis (a large mammal from which all domestic cats have descended) to ancient Egyptian cat goddess, key cats of the Enlightenment to swashbuckling pirate felines and infamous American tabbies, the story of catkind is told here in its totality.

30 review for A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    The photos of Baba are amazing. So many different costumes -- including wigs and jewelry. The anticipation of looking at all those photos made me check out this book. It did not disappoint. The text of the book was interesting, but a bit too wordy for my taste. I did appreciate the comprehensive scope of the narrative and could not help but note the indispensable role cats have played in rooting out rodents throughout history. Thank you, Baba, for narrating and illustrating the epic tales of cat The photos of Baba are amazing. So many different costumes -- including wigs and jewelry. The anticipation of looking at all those photos made me check out this book. It did not disappoint. The text of the book was interesting, but a bit too wordy for my taste. I did appreciate the comprehensive scope of the narrative and could not help but note the indispensable role cats have played in rooting out rodents throughout history. Thank you, Baba, for narrating and illustrating the epic tales of cats. I would love to see more books with Baba photos elaborating on different themes like travel or a specific event in history. We can never have enough cats and humor in this world.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Gail

    100% adding this because of the cover. Baba the Cat is glorious.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My thanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt & Company for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. This book, while cute in spots, was just not for me. The difficulty with non-fiction books for me is that they end up making me hate humanity by highlighting what horrible things humans have done in the past/are doing right now and it just makes me angry. This book not only made me angry, it made me sick to my stomach and I just couldn't go on past 43%. I love all animals and especially love cats. Thi My thanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt & Company for an eARC copy of this book to read and review. This book, while cute in spots, was just not for me. The difficulty with non-fiction books for me is that they end up making me hate humanity by highlighting what horrible things humans have done in the past/are doing right now and it just makes me angry. This book not only made me angry, it made me sick to my stomach and I just couldn't go on past 43%. I love all animals and especially love cats. This book is about the history of cats, which sounds all well and good, until you realize that cats were considered to be the familiar or witches and evil and humans treated them as such. Also, Shackleton is a JERK and other four letter words and worse and if he had told me that we were going to try to get to help and safety, BUT had to leave the cat behind to die in the cold (which they wouldn't have been stuck in if Shackleton hadn't been an IDIOT), I would have mutinied and left his rapidly cooling body on the ice floe. The cat weighs less than a stupid human, just saying. So, this left a bad taste in my mouth. NOT the fault of the book, just the fault of my overly sensitive heart and distaste to read about poor helpless animals being hurt by stupid humans. The book itself is written well, it just requires a strong stomach and heart, which I do not have apparently. Recommended for the right reader who is into history and doesn't mind the more gruesome and sad bits. History, ALL of it, needs to be remembered, taught and learned so we don't just keep repeating the same mistakes all over again. Definitely an important book. We can't shy away from the truth just because it's uncomfortable. I know it happened, that is enough for me. 2, most certainly not for me but I'm probably too sensitive for my own good, stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As soon as I saw A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History, I knew I had to give it a try. I mean, just look at that cute kitty on the cover. I enjoyed this fun and funny history of cats. I couldn't resist. It's a great primer looking at cats and their roles and relationships with humanity since ancient times. It goes over a lot of fascinating information, but not much of it was news to me. However, it was presented in a uniq I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As soon as I saw A Cat's Tale: A Journey Through Feline History, I knew I had to give it a try. I mean, just look at that cute kitty on the cover. I enjoyed this fun and funny history of cats. I couldn't resist. It's a great primer looking at cats and their roles and relationships with humanity since ancient times. It goes over a lot of fascinating information, but not much of it was news to me. However, it was presented in a unique way - through the eyes of Baba, the cat on the cover. Plus, Baba sits for some awesome pictures getting all dressed up in cute kitty costumes. I know my cat Finn wouldn't stand for that kind of nonsense!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Written in the voice of Baba the Cat, this book covers the history of the world as it relates to felines. And as we all know, according to any cat, the whole world always revolves around them. The history is solid with some new facts that I was not aware of before from prehistory through current. Thoroughly enjoyed the prespective and the voice, just snarky enough. Anyone who enjoys seeing cats dressed up will enjoy all the photographs re-creating the style of dress from all the eras, plus there Written in the voice of Baba the Cat, this book covers the history of the world as it relates to felines. And as we all know, according to any cat, the whole world always revolves around them. The history is solid with some new facts that I was not aware of before from prehistory through current. Thoroughly enjoyed the prespective and the voice, just snarky enough. Anyone who enjoys seeing cats dressed up will enjoy all the photographs re-creating the style of dress from all the eras, plus there are a lot of them and they are well done. Recommended for all feline fanciers who are interested in history. Recommended! Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    I would’ve picked this up for the cover alone, but at a second glance it turned out that I was actually already familiar with Baba’s human, Paul Koudounaris, because he’s a member of the Order of the Good Death. I guess we not only share a love for macabre art, but also for felines! He faithfully wrote down what Baba dictated to him in order to educate us presumptuous humans—history doesn’t only revolve around us, after all. “Archeological evidence offers hints that (…) the partnership between I would’ve picked this up for the cover alone, but at a second glance it turned out that I was actually already familiar with Baba’s human, Paul Koudounaris, because he’s a member of the Order of the Good Death. I guess we not only share a love for macabre art, but also for felines! He faithfully wrote down what Baba dictated to him in order to educate us presumptuous humans—history doesn’t only revolve around us, after all. “Archeological evidence offers hints that (…) the partnership between cats and humans is older than currency, older than man’s use of metals, and older even than written language. It dates to the very foundation of civilization itself…” Baba takes us on a journey through feline history as it pertains to humans, beginning with how we came to domesticate them in prehistoric times, to the golden age of Ancient Egypt. Up to that point, the book was exactly what I had expected—a look at the history of the human-feline relationship through the ages—but then the more surprising and informative chapters began, and a whole new world opened up. After looking at how cats came to migrate to Asia (the legend of Gotokuji temple in Tokyo, which I’ve visited, gets a mention!), we reach the perhaps most eye-opening chapter: Cats’ rise and fall in popularity among Europeans in the Middle Ages. First blame Catholicism for turning cats into agents of evil, resulting in a mass feline genocide, and then blame it for the resulting bubonic plague that took out a third of the continent’s human population—there were no longer enough cats around to take care of the rats spreading it. If you’re a cat lover—which you probably are, if this book sounds appealing—be prepared to shed the occasional tear; people can be cruel, and Baba doesn’t shy away from writing about humanity’s darker moments. The book ends on more wholesome (although occasionally still tear-jerking) chapters, going into the long history of sea-faring cats, notable or heroic historical felines, their renewed rise in our modern times, and how they made it to America. You’ll get answers to questions you never knew you had: Why is it said that cats have nine lives? Why is there no cat in the Chinese Zodiac? Why are so many nautical terms cat-related? Each chapter is further elevated by Baba posing for glamour shots in period costumes, and relevant historic photos and newspaper clippings—come for the cat pics, stay for the history! I expected a short, quirky book, which it was, but it was also incredibly well-researched, educational, and often poignant. The one detractor is Baba’s contemptuous and lofty manner of writing. It might be believably cat-like, but I found it rather exhausting, and had to take breaks even within chapters. Plenty of people would find it grating, so I think this book is one that will fall into the “love or hate” category for most. You do get used to it as the book progresses, and the final chapter gave the book an unnecessary US-centric slant I could’ve done without—but it is still a charming book. I read most of this with my own lovely cat curled up on my lap, and while I was already what passes for a crazy cat lady before reading A Cat’s Tale, it has shown me how much we humans can really learn from these beautiful creatures we profess to love, but so often misunderstand.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    I generally knew I was going to love it (with Baba's pictures and Paul's words, how could I not?) but I learned SO MUCH. This is the escape book we need right now. I generally knew I was going to love it (with Baba's pictures and Paul's words, how could I not?) but I learned SO MUCH. This is the escape book we need right now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A must read for all cat lovers. Beginning in Egypt and ending in the US, this book chronicles the lives of many famous cats as well as the reasons they are both beloved and misunderstood. Interspersed with styled pictures of our narrator, Baba the Cat, we learn about how cats were worshiped, domesticated, tortured, spoiled, but most of all, how they were put to work: the main thread throughout history is how adept cats are at destroying rats, on land, at sea, and… well not quite in space yet, but A must read for all cat lovers. Beginning in Egypt and ending in the US, this book chronicles the lives of many famous cats as well as the reasons they are both beloved and misunderstood. Interspersed with styled pictures of our narrator, Baba the Cat, we learn about how cats were worshiped, domesticated, tortured, spoiled, but most of all, how they were put to work: the main thread throughout history is how adept cats are at destroying rats, on land, at sea, and… well not quite in space yet, but they’re ready and willing! In addition to the heroic tales presented here, this is also a beautifully designed book. It would make a nice gift for a cat-loving friend, and dare I say, should probably grace every household coffee table in America. See more of my reviews: Instagram

  9. 4 out of 5

    AltLovesBooks

    "You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." This was a fun book to read! The format was more of a coffee table book, with easy to read chapters interspersed often with images, relevant newspaper clippings, and photos of the author's cat, Baba, in period-specific costumes. The book is written as if Baba herself is telling the tale (tail?), and it's very much a lighthearted journey through the ups and downs of feline history. Lots of stories are told about the many "You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats." This was a fun book to read! The format was more of a coffee table book, with easy to read chapters interspersed often with images, relevant newspaper clippings, and photos of the author's cat, Baba, in period-specific costumes. The book is written as if Baba herself is telling the tale (tail?), and it's very much a lighthearted journey through the ups and downs of feline history. Lots of stories are told about the many ways cats have distinguished themselves in history, and I particularly liked the chapter about cats on the high seas. The afterword includes a message from the author about Baba's history, and even discusses how Baba took to being dressed up (very well, apparently!). I really appreciated the tone of this book, and it was really informative besides. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    As a cat lover, I was instantly drawn to the cover of this charming book, and there are many more charming photos throughout (seriously, that is one photogenic feline, and the costumes and expressions the author was able to get her to pose in are are nothing less than remarkable) along with historical photos illustrating some of the historical milestones in the sometimes rocky (literally) history of cat and human relationships. It was hard to read some of the abuse and horrible deaths cats suffe As a cat lover, I was instantly drawn to the cover of this charming book, and there are many more charming photos throughout (seriously, that is one photogenic feline, and the costumes and expressions the author was able to get her to pose in are are nothing less than remarkable) along with historical photos illustrating some of the historical milestones in the sometimes rocky (literally) history of cat and human relationships. It was hard to read some of the abuse and horrible deaths cats suffered when they were no longer worshipped but associated with wiches and demons, but it's good to see how cats have evolved to be some of the most esteemed and beloved pets on earth. Having the author's cat Baba "tell" the story was a clever idea, even if her writng voice is suspiciously similar to that of the author...My only complaint is that it is a fairly short book, and I wanted more!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Courts

    A really fun and well-researched book on the history of cats. The America stuff at the end was a little too Uncle Sam propaganda for me and it detracted from the overall vibe of the narrative.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    There's a lot to unpack here, so settle back. My reading is done almost exclusively through audio books, and occasionally there comes along a book that is much more suited to a physical text. This is such a book. Not only did I miss the photographs of Baba in costume, I endured the mistakes of a first time audiobook narrator. I don't mean Baba, as I would never impugn the talents of a feline of such obvious beauty and intelligence. I mean the human who voiced Baba's words. There were two huge prob There's a lot to unpack here, so settle back. My reading is done almost exclusively through audio books, and occasionally there comes along a book that is much more suited to a physical text. This is such a book. Not only did I miss the photographs of Baba in costume, I endured the mistakes of a first time audiobook narrator. I don't mean Baba, as I would never impugn the talents of a feline of such obvious beauty and intelligence. I mean the human who voiced Baba's words. There were two huge problems. The first was that the narrator adopted a lofty, superior tone (oh, those kitties and their superior attitudes) that I assumed would be dropped after an introductory chapter. No. The affected speech lasted for the entire book, and it did not take long for it to become grating and exhausting to listen to. The second problem involved errors in pronunciation. I desperately wanted to create a comprehensive list of them, but for the most part I was driving while listening, so I couldn't. It wasn't one or two words, though. It was at least a dozen, some used multiple times, for a grand total of way too much mispronunciation. Was there no one else in the recording studio to notice and correct? I started to search for a way to make the audio experience less of a trial, and finally settled on speeding up the playback to the 1.3 setting, which helped mask the inflections, and at least made the mispronunciations go by faster. Thank you, Audible App, for that function, which I had never used before. That said, I learned a lot about the history of cats' dealings with humanity. Some of it was difficult to listen to, because humans (being human) have done terrible things to felines, along with pretty much every other species we think ourselves superior to. Violence toward animals in novels will usually result in me abandoning the book. But this was non-fiction, and I figure if the animals had to endure the treatment, I could at least educate myself about it. So, factored into my star rating-- Baba the Cat, all the stars. Text: 5 stars. Narration, 1 star. Lack of a pdf file with the pictures: no stars! Feeding all that into the Rate-O-Matic yields 3 ½ stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)

    “In fact, archeological evidence offers hints that felines have been your companions for as long if not longer than canines --or to put it this way, the partnership between cats and humans is older than currency, older than man’s use of metals, and older even that written language.” This book is about the true history of cats told by Baba the Cat (dictated by Paul). Each chapter covers a certain time period in history starting with ancient times and leading up to the modern era. The book disc “In fact, archeological evidence offers hints that felines have been your companions for as long if not longer than canines --or to put it this way, the partnership between cats and humans is older than currency, older than man’s use of metals, and older even that written language.” This book is about the true history of cats told by Baba the Cat (dictated by Paul). Each chapter covers a certain time period in history starting with ancient times and leading up to the modern era. The book discusses the ups and downs in popularity that cat’s have gone through over the centuries, as well as famous felines throughout time. This book was very enjoyable and presents a different perspective of history. The discussion of the mass killing of cats for various reasons was heartbreaking. I never realized how much cats had been targeted throughout history. I think my favorite chapter was about the seafaring cats. I never really thought about cats on ships before but it makes a lot of sense. Also, this section mentions Chippy the Cat who was on the Endurance which sailed to the Arctic. I read the account of this journey earlier this year and it barely mentioned Chippy and its death. The account went into gruesome detail about killing the dogs but the Chippy was barely mentioned. I don’t even think they ever mentioned his name either. The layout of this book was beautiful. I loved the borders around the pages. They were different for each section and were a beautiful addition. The photographs of Baba were adorable. I love that she is ok with being dressed up and photographed. Also I really loved the images of cat graves and memorials, press clippings, ancient art and paintings featuring cats that were included. Everything together really sold this book and the history it contains. *ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.* This review was originally posted at Red-Haired Ash Reads.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mystic Miraflores

    I thought this book hit all of my buttons: 1) I am a cat owner-lover; 2) I majored in history in college, so enjoy well-researched history books; and 3) I am a seamstress and quilter, who enjoys working with textiles. I thought Baba and Dr. Paul did excellent research on this book, and the historical photos of cats were very interesting. I had heard of some of the famous and "infamous" cats mentioned, such as Dewey, so was pleased to learn about more of them, such as Room 8. The dark moments of I thought this book hit all of my buttons: 1) I am a cat owner-lover; 2) I majored in history in college, so enjoy well-researched history books; and 3) I am a seamstress and quilter, who enjoys working with textiles. I thought Baba and Dr. Paul did excellent research on this book, and the historical photos of cats were very interesting. I had heard of some of the famous and "infamous" cats mentioned, such as Dewey, so was pleased to learn about more of them, such as Room 8. The dark moments of feline history during the medieval and Renaissance periods and up to the 18th-century are not for the squeamish. It was very hard for me to read those parts, and I confess, I had to gloss over some of it. I just couldn't handle it. The best part, though, are the photographs of Baba in her numerous wigs, costumes, and jewelry. It was hard enough for me to get a collar, ID and rabies tags, and sometimes a harness and leash on my cat--let alone any clothing. "Forget it", he says. As someone who sews, I would dearly love to know more about Baba's costumes and accessories. Those photos are precious, frankly, the best part of the book! As a final note, the way Baba picked Dr. Paul at the animal shelter, reminded us of our own adoption experiences. Twice our family has gone to an animal shelter to get a specific cat, which we saw on the shelter's website. However, once we met the cat, something just didn't click between us. We looked for another cat. In the first case, my daughter found a female tortoiseshell, which we eventually had for 16 years. After that cat passed away, we went to the shelter for another female cat. However, she didn't have any personality. So the volunteer told us there was a male cat available, if we wanted to take a look at him. I was really set on another female, but looked at the male black and brown tabby with a white shirtfront anyway. He was rambunctious and scratched me. I fell in love with him immediately, and although he's continued to abuse me, he's been with us for 2.5 years now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rebeca F.

    This is such a charming little book, perfect to close this dark 2020 with a touch of wit and sweetness. Before getting into the text, I must own I follow Koudounaris on Instagram since ages ago and love Baba and her awesome shots and attitude, therefor I was looking forward to this book since it was first announced as just a project. Also, I love Koudounaris other books since my dad gave me The empire of death many years ago, his photography and writing but above all his compromise to naturalize This is such a charming little book, perfect to close this dark 2020 with a touch of wit and sweetness. Before getting into the text, I must own I follow Koudounaris on Instagram since ages ago and love Baba and her awesome shots and attitude, therefor I was looking forward to this book since it was first announced as just a project. Also, I love Koudounaris other books since my dad gave me The empire of death many years ago, his photography and writing but above all his compromise to naturalize death and help us have a healthier relationship with our own mortality. So, A cat's tale is an adorable book for cat lovers, it tells the history of cats, parallel but deeply entwined with our own and the rise and fall of empires and ideologies that ended up affecting our view of and relationship to our feline companions. It's narrated by Baba on first person, which is a lovely choice as her voice's really captivating, witty, loving yet proud and reluctant to sugarcoat her readers just to makes us comfortable, well, just very catlike. There are nice stories about famous cats, military heroes, literary companions, children's darlings, and so much more, everything spiced up by Baba's delightful shots representing different times, cultures and characters. This is a wonderful book for cat lovers and it might be fun and enjoyable even for those that have no special relationship to these amazing creatures. And for those that dislike cats? Well, you don't deserve to read it at all.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Wow, Baba the Cat has quite a tale to tell in this one. Baba traces diligently through the records of cats in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, across Asia and into Europe, over the seas and into the air, and finally through American history as well. All throughout, Baba takes the time to beautifully illustrate each narrative in a new costume or two--she is a very professional and talented model for sure! In this book, you will learn the narratives of such famous cats as Simon (the well-decorated Br Wow, Baba the Cat has quite a tale to tell in this one. Baba traces diligently through the records of cats in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, across Asia and into Europe, over the seas and into the air, and finally through American history as well. All throughout, Baba takes the time to beautifully illustrate each narrative in a new costume or two--she is a very professional and talented model for sure! In this book, you will learn the narratives of such famous cats as Simon (the well-decorated British sailor from Hong Kong), Minnie (an American seafaring cat who hitched a ride over 700 miles to reunite with the ship that left her behind), and Clementine (who hiked 1,600 miles to reunite with her humans). You will learn about the true religions that treat cats with the respect they should (see: Islam, where Muhammad guaranteed his cat Muezza a spot in paradise) and which do not (see: Christianity, which required revisionist apocrypha to give cats their due; and Buddhism, which condemned cats for one alleged murder of a rat prior to later enlisting cats in their monasteries to do exactly that). Come for the cat pics (I promise they're worth it), stay for the history lessons. Much thanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt & Company for the eARC in exchange for the review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kit

    5 Stars Should this be five stars? Eh, probably not. There are a fair few flaws (extremely western, calls America/the American West "empty") but still? I loved it. Now, it seems like a cute, silly little gift book, and it mostly is (I love Baba's outfits). But there are quite a few heartbreaking stories inside (I will NEVER forgive Ernest Shackleton. He can get in the sea. Justice for Mrs Chippy!) So be careful when you choose to read it (I had to have snuggles with my own babies, and even that di 5 Stars Should this be five stars? Eh, probably not. There are a fair few flaws (extremely western, calls America/the American West "empty") but still? I loved it. Now, it seems like a cute, silly little gift book, and it mostly is (I love Baba's outfits). But there are quite a few heartbreaking stories inside (I will NEVER forgive Ernest Shackleton. He can get in the sea. Justice for Mrs Chippy!) So be careful when you choose to read it (I had to have snuggles with my own babies, and even that didn't really help. I mean it. Some of the stories are REALLY awful, because humans are awful. But if you're able to stomach the horrible stories, this book brings a lot of joy, too. There are so many lovely stories of cats and their humans, and I love the photos that were included. It's also not as grating as you might expect, being told from Baba's point of view. So...yeah.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Helliondeadwoman

    This was a fantastically fun and insightful read. I've always been a big BIG fan of cats, so I jumped at the opportunity to read a book about cats, with a cat as a credited author. There's lots of fantastic information here as well as lots of beautiful and adorable photos sprinkled through out. This would be a fantastic book to read with the kids! I read this book on my laptop since it was so image heavy and my reader doesn't have a color screen. I will definitely be buying a physical copy! I rece This was a fantastically fun and insightful read. I've always been a big BIG fan of cats, so I jumped at the opportunity to read a book about cats, with a cat as a credited author. There's lots of fantastic information here as well as lots of beautiful and adorable photos sprinkled through out. This would be a fantastic book to read with the kids! I read this book on my laptop since it was so image heavy and my reader doesn't have a color screen. I will definitely be buying a physical copy! I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Westlake

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book should be longer. I obviously read this book for the unique history of cats, told by a (very distinguished apparently) feline. The writing is fun. I don't know if it will absorb you into it on an evening on the couch, but it definitely will hold your attention for short amounts of time. I'm guessing this is more of a coffee table book, the way the pages and photos were laid out. That makes it more understandable. But what really got me was t If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book should be longer. I obviously read this book for the unique history of cats, told by a (very distinguished apparently) feline. The writing is fun. I don't know if it will absorb you into it on an evening on the couch, but it definitely will hold your attention for short amounts of time. I'm guessing this is more of a coffee table book, the way the pages and photos were laid out. That makes it more understandable. But what really got me was the pictures of Baba! If only I could recreate my cat in these images, all would be right with the world. I giggled outloud at some of them (the Cat Massacre photos, of Baba as devilish characters takes the cake, but as an American history buff, the last chapter has some good ones as well). They definitely steal the show and will be a great conversation piece for your cat lover friends who saunter into your home and take a peak. I am thoroughly convinced that cats do a) have a superiority over humans (who's really whose pet?) and b) that their accomplishments in the annals of history need further investigation. Overall, this is a really creative book that will make you look at cats in a different (creative) way, and will help you understand just what examples of feline history there are. Don't turn this one down. And, when you do read it, read it out loud to your fur baby; you'll be a better parent for doing so.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    A wonderful journey through time! If you like cats, history, and cats in history, then I highly recommend picking up this book yesterday. This tale of tales is told by Baba, the author’s cat, who reminds us of how wonderful cats have been as companions to humans throughout history. She talks about the ancient world, the Renaissance, sea-faring kitties, and those of Hollywood purr-fect standards. This was so much fun that I even purchased the audiobook. I was quite upset to complete it, but I kne A wonderful journey through time! If you like cats, history, and cats in history, then I highly recommend picking up this book yesterday. This tale of tales is told by Baba, the author’s cat, who reminds us of how wonderful cats have been as companions to humans throughout history. She talks about the ancient world, the Renaissance, sea-faring kitties, and those of Hollywood purr-fect standards. This was so much fun that I even purchased the audiobook. I was quite upset to complete it, but I knew I still had my reading companions for the next one. (Unfortunately, my cats already knew the greatness of their ancestors and chose not to stay up with me to finish the book.) I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Helen Sanders

    I thought this book would be light reading because it is told from the cat's point of view. It, but it is not. I learned so much about the entire history of cats, beginning far before the Egyptian fascination with them. How they relocated to points around the world. Famous and not so famous cats. Fabulous cats. I am not usually so effusive in my reviews, but this one really surprised me! Delightful AND informative! I thought this book would be light reading because it is told from the cat's point of view. It, but it is not. I learned so much about the entire history of cats, beginning far before the Egyptian fascination with them. How they relocated to points around the world. Famous and not so famous cats. Fabulous cats. I am not usually so effusive in my reviews, but this one really surprised me! Delightful AND informative!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carol Custer

    Everything you've ever wanted to know about the history of cats!! This is a comprehensive look told in a unique way that makes for an enjoyable read. I wish it had been available for Kindle (I find reading on Kindle easier) but I was glad to see the wonderful cat pictures that had me smiling throughout.. Everything you've ever wanted to know about the history of cats!! This is a comprehensive look told in a unique way that makes for an enjoyable read. I wish it had been available for Kindle (I find reading on Kindle easier) but I was glad to see the wonderful cat pictures that had me smiling throughout..

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    The best word I can think of to describe this book is "cute". Having a feline narrator is (obviously) a bit contrived, but it fits with the light-hearted feel of the book. The highlights are the photos of Baba in costume. As someone who lives with a feline who wouldn't deign to wear a wig, let alone a dress, moustache, or toupee, I can't imagine how you would get a kitty to cooperate. The best word I can think of to describe this book is "cute". Having a feline narrator is (obviously) a bit contrived, but it fits with the light-hearted feel of the book. The highlights are the photos of Baba in costume. As someone who lives with a feline who wouldn't deign to wear a wig, let alone a dress, moustache, or toupee, I can't imagine how you would get a kitty to cooperate.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    This was such a fun book to read! I loved the style and that the book is told from the perspective of Baba. Incredibly informative and full of fun pictures. This coffee table style book would make a great gift for any cat lover. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I really enjoyed reading this book Gave a really good history on cats And where they came from and how they ended up being Pets . Really made me think more Ion how things happen .Would definitely recommend this book for anybody who loves cats

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon | readwithhugo

    A huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this wonderful book. Humans tend to think that we’re at the top of the food chain, ya know? We built a couple societies and now we think that we’re the most powerful beings on the planet. Well, we’re wrong. Thankfully, Baba the Cat is here to set the record straight. A Cat’s Tale gives the reader a comprehensive look at the history of what is truly the world’s most dominant creature: the cat. Spanning from ancient times all the way up to A huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this wonderful book. Humans tend to think that we’re at the top of the food chain, ya know? We built a couple societies and now we think that we’re the most powerful beings on the planet. Well, we’re wrong. Thankfully, Baba the Cat is here to set the record straight. A Cat’s Tale gives the reader a comprehensive look at the history of what is truly the world’s most dominant creature: the cat. Spanning from ancient times all the way up to the current day, A Cat’s Tale teaches readers not only the history of cats, but the names and stories of some of history’s most influential cats, and how cats have impacted the world, both past and present. This book is filled with so many absolutely incredible and gorgeous photos, including a ton of amazing pictures of the esteemed author herself: Baba the Cat. A Cat’s Tale was surprisingly informative without being dry. I thought I knew a lot about cats because I'm a crazy cat lady but there was quite a bit of information in here that I hadn’t previously known. It was funny and delightfully snarky (ok and it was a lil bit sad) and I loved that it was told from Baba’s perspective. The writing itself aside, this book is truly worth the purchase price because of the pictures alone; there’s page after page of Baba looking dapper and fierce as fuck in various costumes. A Cat’s Tale can best be summed up by the final paragraph of the Afterword: “That brings us at last to the one lesson we both hope you will have learned from this book. That cats can do an awful lot of things humans would never expect of them; they simply need to be given the chance.”

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    A cute and often poignant history of our relationship with the domestic cat, written from one's perspective. Interesting stories are interspersed with historical images and documents, as well as adorable model shots from our narrator. A cute and often poignant history of our relationship with the domestic cat, written from one's perspective. Interesting stories are interspersed with historical images and documents, as well as adorable model shots from our narrator.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    This is definitely a quirky book. You'll either love it or hate. I had no idea humans were historically cruel to cats. After listening to it on audio I bought my cat some catnip and gave her extra belly rubs. This is definitely a quirky book. You'll either love it or hate. I had no idea humans were historically cruel to cats. After listening to it on audio I bought my cat some catnip and gave her extra belly rubs.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charles Brackney

    A wonderful treat for cat lovers. Baba the cat leads us on a trip through feline history. Very interesting, uplifting, and occasionally sad. The photos of Baba in various items of period clothing are an added bonus.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    This was so cute I just preordered a physical copy!

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