As Acquisitions Editor Cat of a book blog, I read A LOT of books. And sometimes, I’m super-impressed. Especially when a book reads like the author actually had MORE fun writing it than I had reading it, and I had SUPER FUN reading it.
Cat Girl’s Day Off, by Kimberly Pauley? TOTALLY one of the fun books.
Cat Girl’s Day Off is the story about how a herd of cats – led by some poor fellow whose human actually dyed him pink - saves not one but THREE humans from certain death at the hands of a fourth impressively deranged human, not once but TWICE.
This book offers a bit of everything worth reading in a book. There’s action! Adventure! Terror! Incredible talents! Mad trigonometry skills! Romance! There are also lots of references to cat lore and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Oh, and there’s a human in it who can talk to cats, too.
Actually, the story is told from the human’s point of view. I, personally, agree with The Awl’s Jim Behrle that we need more novels told from the point of view of cats. (Why do you think I agreed to start contributing my fabulous fluffy wisdom to this blog?) But Cat Girl’s Day Off does pretty well, for a book told from the point of view of the human. At least it relates what the cats are actually telling her, which is helpful, and she seems like the generally cool sort who pays attention when we’re trying to help her out. If the main human character of this book were a friend of my human, I’d totally headbonk her when she came to visit. I bet she’d even help me catch that glowing red dot, if she wasn’t busy saving the world right then.
I also appreciated that Cat Girl’s Day Off doesn’t take itself too seriously. In the hands of a less talented writer, this book could have become either a SRS BIZNIZ “y no one luv meee?!?!” YA novel, or a SRS BIZNIZ “take my srs majikul realizm bizniz srsly!” YA novel. But it does none of these things. Kimberly Pauley knows her stuff; this book is both good at portraying believable human teenagers and their cats, and good at moving right along and being SUPER FUN without ever getting bogged down in what could otherwise be a total emo buzzkill.
Is Kimberly Pauley going to write MORE books? I hope so. I’ll say one thing: the next time this Acquisitions Editor Cat sees Ms. Pauley’s name on the cover of a book, that book will NOT get shoved off the table to make room for my furry fabulousness. It will get read!
So: Would you like your very own copy of Cat Girl’s Day Off? Because YOU CAN HAS! We’re giving away a copy of this super-fun novel, and IT CAN BE YOURS!
Here’s how to enter our Cat Girl’s Day Off giveaway:
1. Be a U.S. resident, or at least someone with a U.S. mailing address. We can’t mail to international addresses. Sorry!
2. Leave a comment on this post between now and midnight GMT on April 22, 2012. That’s the midnight that kicks off April 22, 2012, not the midnight that ends it. You have until the end of April 21 to leave a comment, is what we’re saying.
Tell us about a cat you have known and loved! Talk about your favorite literary kitty! Explain in heart-wrenching detail how badly you need to read this super-fun book! Tell me what a fabulous Librarian-Cat-in-Residence I am! Really, it doesn’t matter what your comment says; it only matters that you leave one.
Unless your comment violates our Comments Policy, in which case it will be deleted and will not be considered an entry into this giveaway.
3. On April 22, 2012, we will choose one comment at random by using this handy random number generator. The winner receives a copy of Cat Girl’s Day Off! We’ll let you know on April 22 who won and what our lucky winner needs to do to receive said book.
What are you waiting for? Enter now and learn all the secrets of the cat universe
that we cats are willing to reveal, anyway.