Monday, November 23, 2015

Book Review/Give-Away: CATS ON THE JOB By Lisa Rogak

50 Fabulous Felines who Purr, Mouse, and Even
Sing for Their Supper


Hi every furry! It's Cody and today I decided to steal this book from Mom, help Mom with this review, because I needed to get this book away from her before she gets any ideas love this book!

Well, MOM is the one who LOVES this book, I don't understand why Mom agreed to review it. After all, I am a kitty with a job. I BLOG, isn't that a job? What does Mom need with a book that features 50 other kitties that have jobs? Isn't MY job good enough? From how Mom was smiling when she read this book, apparently, I need to send out my resume and find new work!

FROM LISA ROGAK:
"It's impossible to force a cat to do anything; an old saying is that you have to make the cat think it's his own idea, whereas a dog is typically so eager to please that he'll do your bidding regardless of the task. Simply put, cats are more discriminating about where they choose to spend their energies." 


FROM THE PUBLISHER
"Around the world, there are cats earning their keep. Some are mousers, like Princess, a black cat who works at Mill Ridge Farm’s stables. Some are circus performers, like Tuna and her furry friends in The Amazing Acro-Cats. And some are even politicians, like Mayor Stubbs, an orange tabby who holds office in Talkeetna, Alaska."

"In Lisa Rogak’s Cats on the Job, we meet these and other whiskered workers who keep their human colleagues company from 9 to 5-with the occasional break for a nap or a belly rub-and make every day at the office better."

While Mom and I were familiar with a number of kitties featured in this book, (we get around ya know!), there were a number of cats we were not familiar with that had an impact on us, and it is some of those kitties that we want to share with you today!

Crossing Guard Cat Sable
Photo: Monti Franckowiak


Crossing Guard Cat- a black cat named Sable was a crossing guard cat and took his duties protecting children coming to and fro from school quite seriously! "Safety patrol students regarded Sable as part of the team, and unlike some of his two-legged coworkers, he always showed up on time for his job."

Diabetic Alert Cat
Photo: Lauren Campbell/Caters News Agency


Diabetic Alert Cat-Pippa who was able to detect when Mia's blood sugar dropped to dangerous levels and alerted Mia's parents.(More than once!!)

Writer's Muse Cat
Photo: Eleanor Garvey


Writer's Muse Cat-"Writers and cats have long been associated with each other, serving as companion and inspiration. Writers both famous and obscure have worked with cats on their shoulders and laps." (Just like my blogging pals!)

Computer Ketzel
Photo: Sivan Cotel


Composer Cat-Ketzel which Mom featured on the blog a few days ago.


Roommate 2
Photo: Tokyo Cat Guardian


MY FAVORITE STORY OF ALL:

Roommate Cat-"Japanese culture highly reveres cats, but many landlords prohibit renters from keeping a cat on the premises, which means that many cats languish in shelters and are left without a job to do. Tokyo Cat Guardian is a Japanese rescue group that's addressing both problems by contracting a number of its feline residents out to live as roommates in apartments throughout the city. In other words, rent an apartment and automatically get a cat as a roommate! The plan accomplishes two objectives:It helps landlords to rent their apartments faster, and tenants don't have to buy anything special for their new feline roommate, since everything is already included." Mom and I particularly LOVE this idea!

"Existing apartments are renovated to make them more habitable for the feline roommate, adding elevated catwalks and built-in cat trees and towers."

"If the human roommate decides to leave the apartment at the end of the lease, she or he has the option of leaving the feline roommate behind in the apartment or adopting and bringing him along to a new residence, in which case, another cat from Tokyo Cat Guardian moves in to take on the job of roommate."

How brilliant is THAT?


If you loved the above examples of kitties that are featured in Cats on the Job you will LOVE this book as Mom and I did! Simply put, Cats on the Job,  is PURRFECT! From the photographs, to the compilation of cats with jobs that are entertaining, informative and in many cases, touching, this is a book you will want to keep out on the coffee table to read whenever you want a smile! It's also a stupendous book to purchase for your cat loving friends!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Rogak is author of The Dogs of War, Dogs of Courage, One Big Happy Family, and the New York Times bestselling Angry Optimist:The Life and Times of Jon Stewart, and is editor of the New York Times bestselling Barack Obama in His Own Words. She lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

TO PURCHASE:



  • 7.52 x 9.07 inches, 208 pages
  • Includes 115 color photographs throughout


  • ISBN:9781250072375
    Ebook ISBN: 9781466883994

    AVAILABLE ON:


    ENTER TO WIN!!!! Lisa has generously offered a give-away to my readers who are 18 and over and who reside in the U.S. TWO lucky people (or kitties!) will each win a copy! (An approx. $17 value) Winning is easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below! GOOD LUCK!! a Rafflecopter giveaway






    In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away (not even with kibble!) Mom was sent a copy of Cats on the Job (which I stole), in exchange for my ALWAYS honest review!






    51 comments:

    1. Wonderful review, guys! We adore this book ...and we loved Roommate Cat too! We already have a copy so we'll bow out. Good luck to everyone who enters!! You'll love it.

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      1. Thanks so much furiends!!!! Roommate Cat was our fave!!! Thanks for the added endorsement of this great book!

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    2. I hope there's a volume 2 and I can be in it!

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    3. We help the mom blog, too!
      We think having a feline roommate is a pawesome idea! We hope lots of kitties end up getting adopted that way. :)

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      1. we love that idea too! That is over in Japan but I think that we need to do the same!

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    4. I like the crossing job cat. I don't suppose there was any mention of "A Streetcat Named Bob?"

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      1. I love the crossing job cat too. There is much more about that cat in the book, but obviously I didn't list it all. No, "Bob" isn't in there...there ARE some extremely famous cats in there but because I for one am sick of reading about the ones that everyone has heard about, I chose some that particularly resonated with me that most people might not be aware of.

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    5. We received this book for review too and it is BEYOND fabulous we agree! We "second" everything you said though - it's special, adorable, fun and heart-warming. We'll pass on getting the book of course since we have it BUT thanks for an inspiring review. Ours won't be this wonderful I'm sure BUT we will share our similar thoughts because it's just plain DARLING!

      Hugs, Pam

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      1. Yep it is all that you said and MORE!! I am sure your review will be a million times better!!!!! Bottom line, is, it IS darling and all of the above! Thanks for sharing your feelings too! xoxo

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    6. I LOVE this. I would really REALLY like to win it.

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    7. This looks like a NEAT book. I love the cover of the station cat (is she the one who recently died)?

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      1. The book doesn't reference that cat as having passed...I am thinking you might be thinking of the one that took the bus every day (but that cat isn't in this book)

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    8. I'm in and a huge AWWW on all the cute kitties.

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

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    9. This book looks fab! I keep thinking I should start a cat petting zoo, that's mobile. Go to busy office buildings during the day, and take over a conference room with kittens and cats. People pay a fee, and they spend their lunch break with kitties!

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      1. It could be a donation fee....to help a rescue! What a great idea!!

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    10. What amazing kitties!

      Purrs xx
      Athena and Marie

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    11. Cody, you are a very hardworking cat and bloggers should have been included. We did a review yesterday of it and already have a copy but good luck to all!

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    12. That is such a cool book and they sure have some super jobs too..

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    13. This book looks so cool and would be a great prize to win. It has two of my favorite things which are books and cats but having both together makes it more special.

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    14. Can't wait to read this book. Love the roommate concept. Wish we had it here in the states.

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      1. I love the roommate concept too! It was my fave and I sooo wish we had it here!

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    15. Our mom thinks this book is the best idea ever! And we tend to agree with her, especially if she were to win one because she reads all her books to us. Pick us! Pick us!

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    16. Great review. It sounds like a fabulous book!

      The Florida Furkids

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    17. Nice looking cat on the cover of this book !
      Working is for humans or dogs! You know, we are cats, so we do things when we want to do it !
      I’m like you, a cat with a blog and it’s a pleasure, not a job.
      We are not crazy about Japanese, but their idea sounds great. I am sure that many cats get adopted.
      Ronrons
      Hisia

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    18. Looks like a great book. I collect cat books and would love to win it! My kitties give me lots of love and always are there for meand i do the same for them

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    19. This book sounds super fun and I have entered. If by chance we win, I think I will make Rosie read it. She doesn't much like work of any kind - she even refuses to have her picture taken for the blog. Maybe this book will inspire her to see what her fellow felines are up to.

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    20. Great review! We especially love the Japanese roommate agreement. What a wonderful way to keep cats out of cages in shelters!

      the critters in the cottage xo

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    21. Gweat review. Cody we fink you do a fine job keepin' up wiff yous blog.

      Luv ya'

      Dezi and Lexi

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      1. thank you!! I would do better if Mom let ME do it ALL of the time! You never noticed how many days there is DEAD AIR over here? MOL! Love, Cody

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    22. That sounds like a great book! I like the Japanese room mate idea, but hope that when they move they take the kitty with them rather than leave him for the next occupier.

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      1. I agree, but I have a hunch that that doesn't happen too often! If not, at least the kitties are certain of having a home, rather than being abandoned on the street

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    23. This book looks adorable! We always love hearing about cats with jobs... as long as those cats aren't US.

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    24. Sounds like a great book.
      Mom calls us her "mental health kitties" as we are what keeps her sane :)
      Purrs Georgia and Julie,
      Treasure and JJ

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    25. This is just too cute. Looks like a fun book.

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    26. I reviewed this a couple weeks ago and I loved it. I will skip the giveaway being that I have an ebook :)

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    27. This sounds like a really fun book. We're wondering why we're not in it. ;)

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    28. all the books you review are terrific! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    29. Our main job is keeping Mom company and providing her with lots of laughs. We'd love to win this book!

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    30. what a great book! Lucy just hopes it doesn't give me any ideas... She doesn't really like to work that much...

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    31. Those are amazing kitties ! Good luck too our US friends ! Purrs

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    32. We LOVE this book! Our favorite is Tama the Station Cat, but we enjoyed reading about all the kitties. :)

      We already have this book, so we will not enter so that others have a better chance of winning.

      Hugs!

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    33. Mom's been to Talkeetna, but she didn't see the Mayor Stubbs.

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    34. What a great book!!
      We are going to pass on the giveaway...we know meowmy has too many books laying around...Ha-ha! Our job must be to find a way to capture her to a couch with a book,MOL!

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    35. No kitties in my house, but would love to win to donate =)

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