Friday, December 7, 2012

99 Reasons To Hate Cats: Cartoons By Tom Briscoe

When first approached by Tom Briscoe asking if I would review his book: 99 Reasons To Hate Cats I was taken aback.
Book Cover Photo
Courtesy of  HateCats.com

My first thought was, "Who is this psycho? Doesn't he know that  I LOVE cats? What hole did he crawl out of?" I was sure that he had to be some sort of a raging lunatic and my initial thought was to get rid of him in short order.

I don't remember every detail of our correspondence via email, but I am fairly certain that I told him that I wasn't interested in reviewing his book, and that the title was a complete turnoff to one who loves cats.

If our email conversation had been portrayed in a cartoon, Tom would have been drawn as a cartoon man, flailing his arms saying, "Wait! It isn't what you think it is! I LOVE CATS! "

 Thankfully,  cartoonists have thick skins. (I know this because I am the daughter of an Editorial Cartoonist, Ray Osrin, who passed in 2001). 

I agreed to take a look at his book. I'm happy that I did!  Yes, Tom DOES love cats! What a great novelty gift this would be for any cat lover this holiday!

From hatecats.com:

99 Reasons to Hate Cats is a cartoon book born out of deep familiarity. It illustrates the many ways the Felis Domesticus can drive their keepers mad while still retaining their affections. Read, laugh and see if you find yourself (and your cat) in these pages.

Allow me to share a few of the 99 Reasons to Hate Cats with you:


  • They only love you at dinnertime
  • Smelling the litter box
  • Cleaning the litter box
  • Cleaning AROUND the litter box
  • Waking up in the morning before YOU do
  • Cat Butt in the face
  • Cats are smart enough to do tricks, but they won't
  • Cats are taking over the Internet  


Sound familiar?

99 Reasons To Hate Cats is based on Tom and his wife's own "Cat Cast":
"Angel"
Photo Courtesy of
HateCats.com

Angel (a.k.a. Booger) who was a stray, sickly kitten that Tom and his wife adopted before they were married.
"Moses"
Photo Courtesy of
HateCats.com

Moses (a.k.a. Fat Boy) who is a grey tabby (like my Cody) who shows a strong love of food, hence, his nickname!
"Cookie"
Photo Courtesy of
HateCats.com

Cookie (a.k.a. Cookie) one of a litter of kittens that Tom's wife brought home from the clinic where she used to be a Vet Tech. Tom's parents ended up adopting her.
"Fluffy"
Photo Courtesy of
HateCats.com

Fluffy (a.k.a. Fluffimus Prime)  who has become Tom's "freshest inspiration for a sequel to this book."

99 Reasons To Hate Cats is a fun one!  Purrfect when you need a laugh. It's a necessary addition to every cat lover's library!

You can also share your own reasons to hate cats (and to purchase the book) by visiting hatecats.com It is available for Kindle or in paperback on Amazon: click here

Tom Briscoe
Photo Courtesy of
HateCats.com

About the CartoonistCartoonist Tom Briscoe got married. Now he’s “doomed” to spend the rest of his life with his sweetheart and her cats. Tom Briscoe is also the creator of Small World, a weekly comic strip on pop culture and politics. The feature appears in the Birmingham Weekly, Universal uClick’s GoComics.com and its own website (smallworldcomics.com). Tom also regularly contributes editorial cartoons to the Birmingham News.


53 comments:

  1. Aww, he does such cute drawings! And I'm sure glad it's not a mean book about cats (or I'd have to put my cat butt in his face!)

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  2. MOL, yeah, that title would make you think twice... But that cat butt in the face... that's Star all over!

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  3. Sounds like a fun read. Is there a dog version? Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Dog version is a great idea! You have a fabulous Friday too!

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  4. It's certainly a most emotive title!! LOL! Glad it turned out to be the opposite!

    Take care
    x

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    1. love how you worded that "emotive title" I am glad it turned out to be the opposite too! xoxoxo

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  5. Love the new header!
    This book sounds like a hoot!

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  6. Sounds like a very fun book - love the cartoons too....some people just have SOOOOO much talent don't they?! Thanks for the review.....

    Pam (and Sam)

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    1. Pam and Sam it is a fun book and yep I wish I had the talent of many of these people!

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  7. I need to check this out. I love books like this!

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  8. We're sure it's all tongue in cheek and quite fun to read. :-)

    Our human says not being able to smell anymore comes in handy re: the litter box. But cleaning up AROUND the litter box can be annoying. LOL.

    Happy Chanukah...well, tomorrow! LOL.

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    1. cleaning AROUND the litterbox is the WORST! Thank you for the early Chanukah greeting!

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  9. I love cartoon books! Will definitely try to get this book, LOL!

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  10. Our cats are always entertaining and I love reading books that can poke fun in a way that a cat lover can relate to!

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  11. I love your suggestion. I need to buy one!

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    1. thanks Marilia! They are super inexpensive on Amazon

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  12. Grat review post. And I love the drawings.

    Have a great weekend.

    hugs, Max, Bugsy and Knuckles

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    1. thank you so much!! I love the drawings as well. You have a great weekend too! xoxoox

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  13. SO fun!!! I love his illustration style. I really admire artists that are able to create characters with such simple lines and shapes. It's WAY harder than it looks. (as I'm sure you know!)

    Sounds like a fabulous book!

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    1. Yep it IS fun! I love his style too! Oh yeaaaah it's way harder than it looks for sure! You know about that too!! It is quite a funny book!

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  14. I am glad you DID review it!
    Thanks Caren

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  15. Interesting...can you imagine one about bunnies?

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  16. Maybe he should write a 99 reasons to hate your spouse book next :D

    (and I totally love the bunny idea)

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  17. That sure does look like a cute book. And that was a great review. It gives us such a good idea about what the book is really about. Have a great day.

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    1. thank you Marg!! You have a great day too! Oh and yep the book IS cute and FUNNY!

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  18. wunder if he could due 99 bazillion reezonz ta hate burds

    :)

    =^OO^=


    haza awesum week oh end cody N familee !!

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  19. Oh, that sounds hilarious! We'll have to check this one out for sure. :)

    Chag Hanuka Sameach, dear friends!

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    1. Thank you! but...how do you know MORE HEBREW than I do????? OMG I don't even know that! lol!!

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    2. LOL! I've been working for almost 10 years at the American Technion Society (which raises funds for and awareness about the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology). The Hebrew has almost been by osmosis ... between interacting with contacts, colleagues who speak it, and trips to Israel. :)

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  20. Great review! It's not really obvious from the title that it's satire, so I wonder how many cat lovers would pass it up not knowing. Thanks for telling us about it. Sounds like a very fun book.

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    1. Hi Julia and thanks! I almost passed it up because of the title for sure!

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  21. I reviewed this one also - thought it was very cute ;)

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  22. You know, maybe that title will catch the attention of some people who *think* they hate cats, and they will end up with an idea of how great we are. Well, I can hope.

    The lady says that this looks like another book she'll need to add to her ever expanding list. She has a few $$ left on some Amazon gift cards...

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    1. it is super inexpensive, "the lady" should get it!

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  23. I like the book already cos this review reminded TW that she HADN'T CHEANED MY LITTER BOX ALL DAY!! She's been busy prepareing for company and has cleaned the bathroom and kitchen within a inch of its life. But she hadn't looked at the litter box.

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  24. With you around, Caren, I'm not going to have to think of ANYTHING to buy my cat-adoring friends, LOL! Sounds absolutely delightful. :)

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  25. I'm glad you told me, I would have hissed at that title fur sure!

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  26. Well, okay. But the title still makes me a LITTLE suspicious. MOL.
    This looks like a good choice for some cat-loving furiends of the Humans. She already buyed a couple copies of a little book called "I Could Pee on This" a book of cat poems--we might have read about it here?? Anyway, the poems are hilarious!

    Happy Chanukkah (tomorrow night, right?) Remember: Cody needs presents (See, I got your back, Bro).

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  27. Thank you Caren as usual!! This book will be the perfect gift for my youngest daughter. She just rescued and adopted her second cat. Her friend found "Apollo", a 1 pound 10 ounce black kitty, trapped in a bush at the university she is attending and brought it to her. Rae immediately fell in love with the little guy. She will love this book as she is discovering that every cat seems to have a little mischievious streak hidden beneath a cuddly exterior. I am so glad I found your blog this year!!!!!

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  28. Sounds like a fun book in spite of the title.

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  29. Just the book needed to educate people about cats by using humor!
    Will have to order and have around as coffee table book!

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