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Cat Lovers Book Club - September 2019

Welcome to the September 2019 selection of the Cat Lovers Book Club with our top picks for cat lovers of all ages this spring.

CLEO
The Cat Who Mended a Family
by Helen Brown

This is the tenth Anniversary Edition of this beloved International Bestseller. 

“We’re just going to look.” Helen Brown had no intention of adopting a pet when she brought her young sons to visit a friend’s new kittens. But the runt of the litter was irresistible, with her overlarge ears and dainty chin. 

When Cleo was delivered weeks later, she had no way of knowing that her new family had just been hit by an unthinkable tragedy. Helen was sure she couldn’t keep her—until she saw something she thought had vanished from earth forever: her son’s smile. The reckless, rambunctious kitten stayed.

Through happiness and heartbreak, changes and new beginnings, Cleo was the glue that affectionately held Helen’s family together. Rich in wisdom, wit, heart, and healing, here is the story of a cat with an extraordinary gift for knowing just where she was needed most.

Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp, 30th July 2019
 

RRP: $19.99 at www.booktopia.com.au

CAT SPEAK 
Recognising and Understanding Behaviour

by Christiane Blenski

Cats have a range of powerful vocal expressions. They meow, sing, purr, spit and snarl, and even when their paws are tucked neatly underneath them, their body language is still very expressive.
As a greeting they rub their bodies against each other; if they are unsure of something they arch their back or tilt their ears. And if they don’t want to communicate face-to-face or vocally, they simply leave behind a few fragrant messages!

These pages hold is a fascinating insight into the minds of our feline friends, and here you will discover:

✔️ What these secretive, enigmatic creatures are really thinking
✔️ How cats express themselves using body language
✔️ Why they scratch and scent-mark

This unique book offers precise, detailed observations of the behaviour of cats at play and in general, and explains in everyday language how to interpret their meaning. With clear descriptions and over 130 colour photographs, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand more about their cat.

Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd, Imprint: Hubble & Hattie, 15th March 2012

Price: $17.75 at www.booktopia.com.au

WHEN PETS DIE
It's Alright To Grieve 

by Doris Zagdanski


Times have certainly changed for pet owners. A higher proportion of Australians live in households with a dog and/or cat than with a child. 

The humanisation of pets means that when pet owners experience the loss of their animal companion, their sense of grief can be very real and very painful. What adds to this difficulty is our society's general lack of understanding about death and loss, even more so when it's the death of a pet. So we can be denied the opportunity to grieve.

In When Pets Die, Doris Zagdanski turns her attention to pet loss. The often unrecognised hurt of losing a pet is given a name - disenfranchised grief. This grief is explained in a common sense, practical and sensitive way. Just what you need when your pet companion has died and it seems no-one understands. 

Whether she is speaking to you face to face, addressing a large audience or using the written word, Doris understands grief and gets her message across.

Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Wilkinson Publishing, 5th April 2019

RRP: $19.99 at www.booktopia.com.au 

THE DALAI LAMA’S CAT AND THE POWER OF MEOW 
by David Michie 

In the latest instalment of the Dalai Lama's Cat series, His Holiness's Cat ('HHC') is on a mission: to think less, to experience more, to live in the moment. She soon learns the proper phrase for this, being mindful, or, a concept better known to her as the power of meow. What ensues is a journey to discover her own true nature, to gain a deeper understanding of her mind, and to experience life's greatest joy, the here and now.

Throughout, she shares encounters with familiar inhabitants of Dharamsala, as well as a whole new cast of characters: a senior exec from one of Silicon Valley's most famous social media companies (hint: the name rhymes with 'litter'), the Pope's beloved dog (who shares a shockingly similar title: HHD, His Holiness's Dog), and a public health inspector who threatens to have our poor narrator banned from the Himalaya Book Café.

In this follow-up to The Dalai Lama's Cat and The Art of Purring, readers escape to the enchanting and exotic world of the Dalai Lama's monastery in the Himalayas, and take a peek inside the mind of a delightfully imperfect creature on the path to enlightenment. By accompanying HHC on her journey, you will learn new ways to relate to your own mind: slowing down, finding peace, and abiding in the boundless radiance and benevolence that is your own true nature.

Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Hay House Inc, 27th May 2015

Price: $15.95 at www.booktopia.com.au 


BOOK CLUB - KIDS CORNER

CAT SCIENCE UNLEASHED 
Fun Activities to Do With Your Feline Friend
by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen

Discover all about how your amazing feline friend thinks, moves, drinks, stays warm, gets clean, cools off, and more, with dozens of fun science-based activities and experiments.

Unleash the power of science! Have fun with 22 safe cat-friendly activities that let you work alongside your cat to discover what makes her tick. 

Learn how catnip affects your kitty and how she can see so well in the dark. Find out what kind of toys your cat loves by making a feather flyer. How does your cat balance so well and always land on all fours? 

Each activity is paired with step-by-step instructions, clear and interesting scientific explanations, and cool photographs shot specifically for this book. Hands-on activities and fun information for budding scientists prompt further learning and offer a behind-the-scenes look at current feline research. When you are finished with the book you'll have a vet-worthy profile of the best kitty companion on the planet: yours!

This book is part of the National Geographic Kids Hands-on Science line, which makes science fun and accessible.

Hardcover, 80 pages
Publisher: National Geograhic Kids, 27th August 2019
For Ages: 13 - 17 years old

Price: $50.95 at www.booktopia.com.au

VINCE DISCOVERS THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE
The Adventures of Vince the Cat

by Heidi BryantAnimation Studio Prayan (Illustrator)

This book is the second in the Catnap Stories series, which have been written to educate children about the world in which we live in a fun way. Where they don't even realise they are learning. 

This book subtly is all about an amazing train journey to discover the Golden Triangle. On the way children will learn about some of the famous places such as the Taj Mahal, they will learn about the Bengal tiger, experience 'Holi Festival' and much much more. Fun and learning for both adults and children. 



To develop this book, a special font designed around cats was used along with beautifully detailed illustrations and little details are included throughout that children will love. Each book has been crafted with exceptional care and attention to detail. 
For more information, visit www.catnapstories.com

Published: 21st August 2019
Number of Pages: 58
For Ages: 5 - 11 years old

Price: $20.35 at www.booktopia.com.au 


DRAGON’S FAT CAT 
An Acorn Book (Dragon #2)
by Dav Pilkey

From Dav Pilkey, creator of the New York Times bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, comes Dragon, the heartwarming hero adored by Dav's youngest readers!


When Dragon finds a stray cat in his yard, he brings it inside to escape the cold. He likes living with his new feline friend, but Dragon soon realises that he doesn't know how to take care of it. 

He doesn't know how to train the cat, what to feed the cat, and what to do about all the yellow puddles the cat leaves behind! Using his trademark humour and heart, Dav Pilkey illustrates the highs and lows of having a new pet in this tender story about care and responsibility.

This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humour, and full-colour artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. This Acorn edition contains brand-new bonus content, including story prompts and how-to-draw pages!

Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, 3rd September 2019
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

RRP: $9.99 at www.booktopia.com.au

CAN CAT AND BIRD BE FRIENDS?
by Coll Muir

Cats and birds can’t be friends! They have absolutely nothing in common. After all, cats are supposed to eat birds, not play with them! 

But there’s something special about this prey-and-predator pair… and they may just find that it’s our differences that bring us closer together.

In a delightful picture book filled with pleasing banter and hilarious quips, rising talent Coll Muir creates the perfect unlikely friendship between unexpected creatures. 


Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 8th August 2019
For Ages: 4+ years old


Price: $23.75 at www.booktopia.com.au


CAT AND DOG 
by Jonathan Bentley

One dog. One cat. One very tidy apartment. What could go wrong? 

Cat is grumpy, fashion-obsessed, and a bit of a snob. Dog is excitable, bold, and bursting with energy. What do they have in common? They both want to see the world! It’s time to come up with a grand escape plan …

Join these two lovable and incorrigibly mischievous pets as they team up to break out. They’ll need brains. They’ll need bravery. And they’ll definitely need costumes.

Hardcover, 24 pages
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, 1st September 2019
For Ages: 3+ years old

RRP: $17.99 at www.booktopia.com.au
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