on June 10, 2013 :
This book features 17 short stories and fables written specifically for cat lovers of all ages. The topics range from mythology to magic and horror stories (for cats) combined with a couple of essays written by a cat in order to help the rest of us understand feline logic and reasoning. Many of the stories are sweet, amusing, poignant and informative, and I found myself instantly recognizing certain feline personalities and traits displayed in the book, and equating them to each of the four lovely rescue kitties who I have had (and still have) the pleasure of sharing my life with.
I really enjoyed reading this book very much. I give Bedtime Stories For Cats by Amy Neftzger an A! and am a little upset with myself that I waited so long to read this book. I am definitely eager to start reading the companion book to this one, Bedtime Stories For Dogs very soon. I honestly can't tell you why I waited so long to read and review this book, there are just so many good books out there, and so little time to read them all! :)
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on April 10, 2012 :
Bedtime Stories for Dogs and Bedtime Stories for Cats are two compilations of short stories, poems and fables for your favourite canine and/or feline four-legged friend(s) by author Amy Neftzger. These tales are called 'tails' here for obvious reasons, and are ideal for those who love their pets and sometimes wonder what they would read for themselves, if only they could...
My favourite selection of the two was the book for dogs, an unsurprising bias really as we have a dog! Amongst the collection, I particularly liked 'Why Dogs are Natural Leaders', 'The Giant Slipper - A Tail of Horror', and 'Is Obedience Training Really Necessary?', which illustrates many areas in which dogs believe they could teach their humans a thing or two! An essay by Henry David the Hound, it offers us a dog's perspective on why obedience training is important:
'When you consider all the potential reasons for obedience training, try to think of it as not really training for us: it's for the humans. Most of them don't know how to communicate well and need assistance in this area. For example, humans have very insensitive noses. They can't smell fear or danger. They must be trained to ask us for assistance in detecting these things or risk the potentially adverse outcomes that take place when these things go undetected.'
Written from the point of view of the dog, or cat, these stories give us an imagined insight into how they might think, and their personalities and opinions. Sometimes the stories and opinions are actually fairly serious considering the light-hearted appearance of the books, but all ages may find them entertaining.
As the author notes at the end of the book, humans with a love for cats may like the stories for cats book, wherein some of the stories tell the cat's version of the same stories in the dog book.
(reviewed 63 days after purchase)
on Jan. 7, 2012 :
Cat owners everywhere rejoice! Amy Neftzger has written the ultimate storybook for your fur-babies.
This small novella contains seventeen tails of cat-dom. Want to know how to fool the yapping dog – it’s
in here. The evils of baths – got it covered! “There is great evil in bathing a cat….a lot of shampoos for
pets are fruit scented…..bathing your cat is the same thing as basting it in jam before sending it off to be
This book is hilarious although, to be fair, it is also true. My three boys (Spike, Spot and Sparky) show up
in many of the life lessons written here. If you have your own cats or wish you did – this is your book.
The critters will like the stories, too!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Jan. 4, 2012 :
I tried to read this to my mother and her cat over Christmas, but none of us were charmed by it. We were hoping for something warm and fuzzy with humor, like Garfield, or Simon's Cat... nothing like that in here. It is fantasy, but not the kind any of us cared for. Creative, I'll give it that. I'm sure some will be charmed.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2011 :
Bedtime Stories for Cats is a cute little book about cats and is basically written from cat’s perspectives so you are getting a glimpse into the mind of a cat. I thought it was quite well done as well as I really felt like I was reading the sort of things that a cat would be thinking.
I enjoyed all the stories in the book. They were short and sweet but still really fun to read. I liked that this book was nice and short and I could read a story between doing little bits and pieces.
There were a couple of times where I let out a little laugh. The stories were definitely enjoyable. As someone who owns a black cat I was particularly fond of the story that mentions black cats as being luck magnets and they only release the luck through their affection for others.
I thought that Bedtime Stories for Cats was a really neat little book that any young cat lover would enjoy. As someone who has cats I thought this book was a fun and pleasant little read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2011 :
Amy Neftzger’s matching ebooks, Bedtime stories for Cats and Bedtime stories for Dogs make a great set of tales (or tails) for the animal lovers (and animals) of any household. The stories weave nicely together with cat-stories retold from the dog’s point of view, and dog-myths replayed with cat-like superiority. Lovers of both breeds will benefit greatly from having both books to read, and indeed, I believe the print version contains them both, told from back and front and meeting in the middle.
Cats, it seems, do not create or destroy but rather bring order to the world. So it’s fitting that their creation myth should involve adding order to chaos—fitting too that a well-named dog should precipitate the fall. Cats meet dogs in the house and park, viewing everything from that slightly different perspective, more concerned about mice and gifts for their people than spherical objects and squirrels. And they enjoy their mastery of that curious magic that we humans take for granted. The author’s timing makes for some very satisfying revelations, and the cat-voice of mild superiority is very pleasingly portrayed in this enjoyable collection (but if you like dogs, make sure you read the companion volume too).
Disclosure: I received free ecopies of both books from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Dec. 9, 2011 :
I received this book in a Members’ Giveaway on Library Thing.
After reading the first work in this book I lost interest rather quickly. The cat was asleep before I finished the first paragraph. But he sleeps through anything any ways.
The only thing I found I did not like about the book was it lacked the humor I kind of expected I would find in such a book. Why would I expect humor from this book is beyond me. But there was none in the first two stories of this book. It lacked the hook to keep me reading after this point.
I give the author 2 out of 5 ** for effort.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)