Sunday, July 6, 2014

Review: Copycat: and a Litter of Other Cats by David Yow (Artist)


Akashic Books

E-book (available as a hardcover)

Release Date:
August 2014

About the Book

Synopsis from Goodreads:

David Yow’s cat portraits, captured here for the first time in book form, are bold, striking, hilarious, and beautiful. Each portrait is based around a pun, but they capture so much more than wordplay. All cat lovers will find something to relish in this gorgeous coffee-table book, which is the perfect gift for cat enthusiasts, animal lovers, and anyone with a playful sense of humor.

About the book, David Yow says: “I love cats. Always have. The only time I didn’t have a cat was a brief hell in Chicago where I lived in an apartment whose landlord didn’t allow them. At that place, I had a life-sized cardboard cutout of a cat which I named Toody. I also love wordplay. I’m the only adult I hang out with who still gets a kick out of puns. I make up palindromes. I used to write songs and poems (these days, I leave that for the songwriters and poets); in this book of cat-pun drawings, I have made a concerted effort to come up with ideas that range from really funny to really amusing. The entire litter of animals in this book are line drawings that are ‘colored in’ with photographic textures, and each cat is dropped into a photographic setting. Yep, that’s the truth.”

My Review

This is a charming collection of drawings by David Yow. Each illustration is a caricature of a cat such as an Alley Cat, Bobcat, Domestic Cat, Catwoman…and many more. The drawings are all beautiful and David Yow’s talent shines in each one.  I can't even choose which is my favorite, I loved them all.

It’s not a long book, just 160 pages of cuteness. This would make a gorgeous coffee table book to display or give as a gift to the cat lover in your life. I had this one on my Kindle Fire. The colors were vibrant and alive, but this is one time I would have preferred an actual print book. I’m sure it would be even more lovely.

FTC Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Sounds like such a fun book, for cat lovers or non cat lovers! I love the cover, those eyes are great! I think I'd like to check this book out!

  2. I have a friend who loves cats.
    She may enjoy a hardcover of this book.

  3. Those cats look kind of creepy

    1. I agree; the cats on the cover are creepy looking. But it sounds like a fun book.

    2. LOL - It's meant to be funny, but perhaps that wasn't the best drawing to choose for the cover.


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