Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Book Review: "i am maru" by mugumogu

Who doesn't know about Maru?

Whether you blog about cats, love reading about cats, enjoy watching videos about cats, or just plain LOVE CATS, well then, you KNOW about Maru!

If you know about Maru then it goes without saying that you are already in LOVE with Maru!

Imagine my delight when a stack of books for review were mailed to me, one of the books in the package was i am maru by mugumogu.

This will be one of the EASIEST book reviews I have ever done.

i am maru is a stellar companion to mugumogu's blog and videos on YouTube. It is hardcover, nearly 100 pages, chock full of photographs which are printed on high quality paper that you will find in the best of the "coffee table books".  There are scads of tidbits about Maru's life, his habits and his quirks which will keep any Maru addict content and purring for hours.

 Here are just a few to tease you:
  • Maru's name means "round in shape" in Japanese (which by the way, the book is written in English AND Japanese!)
  • Maru was born May 24, 2007
  • He is a Scottish Fold cat
  • He weighs 12 pounds
  • His special skill: sliding into any open box
  • He prefers boxes to paper bags
  • He does not like to be held
FROM THE PUBLISHER: "Maru has been mentioned in Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times and on The Colbert Report. Maru's videos have also been featured on a Fresh Step kitty litter commercial. His videos received the YouTube VIDEO AWARD JAPAN2008!"

If you love Maru and can't seem to get enough of him, then you must get i am maru by mugumogu! I never lost the smile from my face as I turned every page, I assure you, you will be doing the same.

Where to purchase? Click here
ISBN: 9780062088413; ISBN10: 0062088416; Imprint: William Morrow ; On Sale: 8/23/2011; Format: Hardcover; Trimsize: 8 X 7 1/8; Pages: 96; $15.99; Ages: 18 and Up; BISAC1:PET003000; BISAC2:HUM009000

I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a copy of this book  to read and review.


  1. Oh oh oh! We LUFFFFFFFFFF Maru. He is the AWESOME!

  2. What a cutie Maru is! I love how he does frog legs every time he dives into the box :-)

  3. Awwwww me and Charlie love love love Maru!!! We think he is so funny and clever! We didn't know there was a book out too - so thank you for the info and review!! Will definitely have this one on my coffee table!! Take care

  4. Caren, I am ashamed to say I did not know Maru!!!! How can that be? Thanks for the review and video made me lol, really. Now I shall have to search out Maru on Youtube!! What a character! xx

  5. @The Whiskeratti I couldn't agree more!

    @Fage me too!

    @Caro don't be ashamed! You know about him now! You will love him and you are most welcome!

    @Old Kitty you are absolutely going to love it! Everything you could hope for from Maru!

    @Cat lol, I know! I also love how she always has him in "Diet" boxes too!

  6. The mom admits she had only vaguely heard of him, maybe because she seldom watches anything on YouTube. The book is a great idea, though, so thanks for the heads up!

    P.S. The mom says the first thing that comes to mind when she sees "maru" is Kobayashi Maru -- a Star Trek reference. :-P

  7. Yes, we have seen Maru's video before, but always find it highly entertaining!!

    PS...U R right our mom is definitely older than dirt, hee, hee, don't tell her we said that.

  8. He is the awesomest cat! And I LUFF him! Thanks for showing us the video!


  9. I heart Maru! You lucky lady you got a copy of this book! :)

  10. @Fuzzy Tales yep Maru is on YouTube but I know a number of bloggers feature him too. He is so darned adorable! I wouldn't know the Star Trek reference because I'm not a Star Trek fan. I know tons of people are, but not me.

    @Ann I heart him too! Yes I was thrilled!!! Can't wait to see you!! Almost just a week away!

    @Nelli awww you "LUFF" him!!?? I do too! You are welcome! xoxo

    @Team Tabby well your Mom might be older than dirt but SO IS MINE!!!! lol!! Love, Cody

    @Chrissykat, so do I! you are sooo cute! xoxo

  11. Rosie and Sue say Maru ROCKS!!!

  12. Maru is so cool, and such a famous one!

  13. My Human could watch Maru all day long....and sometimes she does, MOL!

  14. Caren, what a treat! Would you believe it, but I've acutally never come across Maru before!! I can understand his celebrity status :-)) I've said it often, but this is just a perfect example of why a human on Prozac should get a cat instead - they are the greatest mood-lifters ever. PERIOD!

  15. He has a book?! Wow that's awesome, I absolutely love Maru!! I think he would turn any non-cat/animal lover into a cat lover for sure!

  16. I can't wait to get my paws on this one, Maru rocks!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  17. Epic squeal!! I adore Maru! <3

  18. @Rosie and Sue you are sooo right!

    @Alittlesprite, so do I!

    @chocolateangel me too! Sqeee!!!!

    @Oskar I like seeing a doggie that appreciates a good kitty! :)

    @Abby me too!

    @Stacy and Ellie I couldn't agree more!

    @Gods Little People, living in Greece that would make perfect sense that you wouldn't know Maru so I apologize at making it sound like everyone knows him! You are soooo right! Cats have a way of cheering/calming. I am so stressed right now...WHERE'S CODY!!!???? lol xoxoxo

    @Spitty lol!!

    @Brian, yep, Maru is one cool cat!

  19. We will have to add this to our reading list...we are both Maru fans. : ) Katie and I have been following him for quite some time now. Thanks for a great review...it's nice to hear the photos featured in the book are quality prints.
    Glogirly & Katie

  20. My aunty love Maru ! I will tell her about this book. Thanks so much for Book Review Caren : )

  21. Aunty Caren,
    I think I'm going to write a book too - I am Nicole. Maru is super duper, completes the Japanese feline cult trilogy of Doraemon, Hello Kitty and now Maru. purrrrr *giggles*

  22. Hooray for cat sliding skills!

    We got our bowl in Kuching (it means "cat" in Malay) a city in Sarawak, Borneo. We bought it in a corner shop specialising in plastic. Sorry, don't have a clue about the name and there's no way they would sell online either. Isn't it cute? it's Au's fave.

  23. @Repositorio so true!

    @Au and Target omg that bowl is BEYOND cute! I love it!!!

    @Cat from Sydney YES write your "I Am Nicole" book lol!!

    @Puddy you are welcome Puddy and please tell your Aunt that I said hi! xoxo

    @Glogirly & Katie, yes the book definitely does NOT disappoint!

  24. We love Maru, he is so funny !

  25. I think that is one book dat M needs to get now.

  26. Unbelievable ! such a cute and funny cat, very intelligent too ! I had never heard of him.

  27. I have loved Maru ever since I first saw him sliding into boxes on Cute Overload. And how funny that I wrote about his new book in my post today on pet memoirs!

    But...I am a bit jealous. Okay, a lot jealous. I soooooo would love to get a stack of books or some fun products to review!

  28. Maru is a total kitty rockstar. If only I had better staff!

  29. Very fun Caren! I've always been intrigued by Scottish Folds, but I would never buy a purebred cat when so many beautiful cats need loving homes.

  30. Thank You very much for this post! Wonderful cat!