CAT GIRL’S DAY OFF: You Want to Read It! You Also Want to Win Your Own Copy!

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.

Even more fun than mauling a woolly mouse on a summer's day.

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.


About librariancatgracie

Gracie is the office manager and Librarian Cat-in-Residence at The Book Cricket. Her creative genius is so vast the Muses look to her for inspiration. She wants to know why you are wasting time reading this profile when you could be skritching her ears instead.
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31 Responses to CAT GIRL’S DAY OFF: You Want to Read It! You Also Want to Win Your Own Copy!

  1. Ooooh, a kitty book! Actually I read a mystery that is told from the point of view of a cat (several cats, actually, because in this book, cats can talk to each other and sometimes humans, but the humans have to be willing to accept that they are communicating with a cat in order to really be able to hear and understand what the cat is saying). The book is called “Cat Deck the Halls” and it has a really stupid name, but it’s actually a lot of fun to read (in spite of the fact that the title looks like it was created with a random sentence generator).

  2. Hi Gracie, Literary Cat of Greatness!
    I want to tell you of Albert, my soon-to-be 19 y/o kitty. I’m sure you met him on New Year’s Eve a few years ago; he sends his apologies for his actions. It was the ‘nip talking.
    Anyway…he is the love of my life. I rescued him was he was 4 months old from the vet’s office; his former person abandoned him there when it was discovered he needed minor surgery. At the same time, Sherman, his predecessor, was critically ill. I’d like to think Albert kept Sherman company during the last week of his life. Sherman was a huge orange Manx, and Albert, well, he was an orange Manx kitten in need of a home, and I needed a cat. I’d like to think that Sherman rescued me.
    I would love to read a book from a cat’s point of view…if you would allow a human to do so. I promise to consult with Albert on any feline-related material that I don’t understand. Cats do run the world, so we hoomans are at their mercy. I won’t grovel, since I know cats hate that. ^..^

    Purrs and Belly rubs,

  3. Megan says:

    I love Mowren’s cats in “Calling on Dragons.” I’ve never been a cat person in real life…but I love hearing their snark in literature.

  4. Morgan Condello says:

    I have always loved the cat from Alice in Wonderland!

  5. ungelic_is_us says:

    This book sounds brilliant! I love YA with a passion, and I’m always looking for new authors who do good stories with women and POC. Sign me up for the giveaway!

  6. Sarah says:

    For favorite literary cat (and if we are excluding wild cats like lions) I would like to nominate two: The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland and Greebo from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. They are both highly intelligent and independent beings (even if Cheshire is more michievous while Greebo is decidedly more aggressive).

  7. ladyofnarnia says:

    I love my cat, Moon! She has been with me for many years and is so beautiful! She ran out of the woods in VA and jumped into my lap, and we have been together ever since. We now live in UT with my hasband and daughter who both love her (my husband is a cat person too, that’s one of the reasons I said yes, Moon liked him so much).

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  9. Thanks for this great review! My catscots, Lilly and Lola, would love to read this fun and funny book!

  10. Linda Singleton says:

    When I was little my best friend and I created a club for cats. My best friend found a cat once and knew her mother wouldn’t let her keep another cat. So we hid the cat, and named her Opal after our birthstone (we share the same birthday). This was the most gorgeous long-haired marmalade cat, and we loved her. But my friends’s mother found out and gave the cat away to a neighbor. Can you guess what we did? We stole the cat back..but couldn’t keep her. I was heartbroken. And you know what I did? I wrote a short story which I share with kids when I speak at schools. And I tell them the true story of Opal, the cat we loved and lost.

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  12. Hiya! And whoever wins…I’ll be happy to send you a signed bookplate for your book 🙂

  13. I have to honor two cats, both orange tabbies.

    One was named Tiger and was my best friend through the trying times of k-12 education. He died while I was in college.

    I finally got another cat (a kitten) about a year ago. I named him Perseus (after mythology, Percy Jackson and the Weasleys). He’s totally Percy Jackson though. He loves to play!

  14. Jennifer says:

    I recently read “Street Cat Bob” and it was so sweet and wonderful I can’t stop thinking about it. Ginger the orange tripod kitteh gets extra snuggles when I think about how lucky we are we don’t have to rely on my nonexistent musical talent to earn money for kibbles. 🙂

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  16. Lis says:

    Sounds terrific! If I don’t win I’ll totally go buy it myself 🙂

  17. Linda Joy Singleton says:

    Me, too. I’ll buy it!

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