Friday, October 30, 2015

Book Review and Give-Away:Simon's Cat Off to the Vet And Other Cat-astrophes

Making the rounds throughout the Cat blogging circuit is the latest endeavor by Simon Tofield:


There isn't a cat in the world that enjoys going to the Vet.  Believe it or not, up until Cody's sudden illness  last Winter I NEVER had trouble bringing him to the Vet, but my Angel Bobo was another story entirely. Viewing the clever cartoons brought back memories of having to cancel Vet appointments because Bobo wouldn't come out from under the bed!

I am tickled to be one of many bloggers who are featuring Simon Tofield's latest endeavor, Simon's Cat Off to the Vet and Other Cat-astrophes. I have been an enormous fan of all things Simon's Cat  for years! From the 40 short animations on, I just can't get enough of Simon's Cat. I  have a Simon's Cat T-shirt, as well as notebooks! Cody and I are proud to have featured all of the Simon's Cat books on our blog and Simon's Cat Off to the Vet and Other Cat-astrophes is the most-requested subject since the launch of the Simon's Cat YouTube series back in 2007, It is the third of Simon Tofield's Simon's Cat books and the third time we have featured a new Simon's Cat book on our blog!

The two other Simon's Cat illustrated books are:




I also had the pleasure/honor of  listening to Simon Tofield speak (as well as the complete delight of watching him create illustrations in person), a few years ago at one of the Purina Better With Pets Summits. What a complete and total joy he was!! Having grown up with a world-renowned cartoonist Father, I know first-hand the time it takes as well as the brilliant mind that one must have to be  able to create simple cartoons with NO WORDS, that millions of people can relate to. Many have no conception as to just how difficult that is to accomplish.  Let's not forget the God-given gift of artistic talent as well. The talent/intellect that is necessary to be successful in this type of a creative endeavor is formidable.

Simon's Cat Off to the Vet and Other Cat-astrophes just might relax you the next time you embark on a journey to the vet with your cat(s) ! From illustrations depicting Simon literally taking the cat carrier and attempting to DUMP the cat on the exam table, (admit it, YOU have done that too!),  to the cat grabbing on to their owner as if the owner was velcro, (to avoid the hands of the crazed Vet that invades oh-so-personal spots), Simon's Cat Off to the Vet And Other Cat-astrophes has it all!

While viewing the illustrations I was reminded of the time that Cody was wearing a cone and my husband and I called him "Space Boy." Cody never missed a beat with that cone, even with our dog trying to grab it, every time poor Cody tried to move. 

copyright 2015 Simon Tofield, used with permission by Akashic Books

The above photo depicts the mischief that Simon's Cat gets into when he runs through the Vet visiting all sorts of areas that he is not supposed to be a  part of!

The animated feline sensation beloved worldwide is also sharing its theme with the first-ever full-color Simon's Cat film. The story inspiration for this book and film are discussed by Simon Tofield below:



And...let's not forget the other "Cat-astrophes" in this latest Simon's Cat book! The illustration below is just one of many that will remind you that whatever trials you may experience with your cat(s), you are FAR from alone!!

 It is evident from all of the Simon's Cat creations, that they are all  labors of love, brilliantly orchestrated by an incredibly talented man, who, like the rest of us, simply  LOVES HIS CATS!

copyright 2015 Simon Tofield, used with permission by Akashic Books

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Simon Tofield is an award-winning animator and cartoonist. He has had a lifelong interest in animals, beginning as a child, when his uncle gave him a plastic pond that quickly filled with wildlife. Simon was given his first cat when he was nine and now has four rescue cats, which are the mischievous inspiration for his work. He is the author of multiple Simon’s Cat books, including Simon’s Cat in Kitten Chaos and Simon’s Cat vs. the World.


SIMON'S CAT OFF TO THE VET..AND OTHER CAT-ASTROPHES BY SIMON TOFIELD
HOT OFF THE PRESSES ON  OCTOBER 29, 2015
240 FUN-FILLED PAGES! AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AND ON AKASHIC BOOKS!!! 

Add this one to your holiday gift-giving list!

GIVE-AWAY!! Our friends at Akashic Books are offering a most GENEROUS GIVE-AWAY!!! FIVE OF OUR READERS WHO ARE 18 AND OVER AND WHO RESIDE IN THE U.S. WILL EACH WIN A COPY OF SIMON'S CAT OFF TO THE VET AND OTHER CAT-ASTROPHES! (An approximate $20 value). Entering is easy, there is only ONE mandatory entry! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below!
a Rafflecopter giveaway






In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this review and give-away. I was sent a copy of Simon's Cat Off to the Vet and Other Cat-astrophes in exchange for my always honest review. Prizes will be provided by and mailed to the five winners from the publisher, Akashic Books.

38 comments:

  1. Oops! I thought I was hitting "enter" to go to the next line to leave my mailing address, but it closed and won't let me put the rest of my address (Paula Gregg - Mom). If I win, please email us at sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com and we'll send the address.

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  2. This sounds like a great book - I love Simon's cat, no matter what he's doing.

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  3. Oh my gosh! I would absolutely love to win one of these books! I love Simon's Cat so much! :D

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  4. After our vet visit this week, this would bring cheer.

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  5. Simon's Cat is hilarious. I love all the YouTube videos of it too.

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  6. I have loved Simon's Cat forever - even long before I became immersed in the world of cat blogging, his hilarious, spot-on videos were a part of my life!! During Christmas, when all the family comes to my house to visit, we gather around the computer and have a Simon video watching marathon!! I would love, love, love to win one of these books!!! Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang

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  7. I join the legions of fans who adore Simon's Cat - there's just nobody that "knows" and can speak for both sides of the aisle - human AND cat - on just about everything in life like Simon. His cartoons are simply hilarious and so REAL at the same time. This would be a most special "give to me" should we win a copy!

    Hugs, Pam (and Sam)

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  8. Oh Cody What a great win that is. I will try to enter. xxoo

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  9. We are huge fans of Simon! Mom is always reassured that we are just acting like normal kitties when we do stuff like Simon's cat!

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  10. I love Simon. You got to meet the author? You're famous.

    Have a purrfect day Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

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    1. I didn't get to meet him to speak to him unfortunately, but I got to see his presentation which was the next best thing! xoxo

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  11. Love Simon's Cat. Always entertaining.
    Sue B

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  12. I love Simons Cat! Have a great Friday and Happy Halloween!

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  13. Is there any cat lover who doesn't adore Simon's Cat? Great give-away, Caren. :-)

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  14. I love Simon's Cat cartoons and videos! It all started with the bed and the baseball bat...LOL! Hope I win one of these books!

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  15. Oh yea, Simon is such a talent and we always love those funny videos!

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  16. Great review.... We are gonna watch some of the videos now and see if we can learn some new tricks from that Simon...

    hugs, Bugsy and Knuckles

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  17. Looks like a great book!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  18. Oh we love Simon. I bet that book is just hysterical. Thanks Cody for having this drawing.

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  19. OOPS we almost started typing in our email address! But stopped when I actually read the directions! MOL WE love Simon's cat so we're keeping our paws crossed that we are one of the lucky 5.

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  20. Happy Halloween! What a great book to celebrate.

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  21. Weez never heard of this Simon till recently and now hims everywhere. Maybe we can win this cute stuff sumwhere. MOL

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  22. Great post and it's a wonderful book! I'll be offering one to my readers as well. But, for the BIG question: who is Caren's father???!

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    1. Thank you! I linked to him in that sentence (Ray Osrin)

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    2. I read your blog so avidly that I apparently managed to miss the link as a raced to read more! Sorry. Thanks for that!

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    3. Now, now you STOP that lying right now!!! (wink) xoxo

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  23. I love Simon's Cat. That is so cool that you got to see him in person.

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  24. Well, we might have to say we saw the complete failure of meowmy...she typed in her name, then hit enter to start the next line of the address,and poof, the thing said she had entered but she didn't even get to put in her address or start ovfur. But it would have been oh so pawsome to have a chance to win that book! Simon makes her giggle out loud! Even doggy loving auntie who has no kitties loves Simon's Cat! In fact she introduced meowmy to him:))

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  25. Awesome book review, Caren! We love Simon's Cat, are are really looking forward to reading this new book!

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  26. I messed up my address, too. I hit return. Please email me if I win, and I will give it to you.

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