As if Simon’s Cat didn’t have enough problems getting Simon to feed him when he’s quite obviously starving — now he has to deal with (HORRORS!) a kitten!
It’s every only-cat’s worst nightmare.
The new Simon’s Cat book, Simon’s Cat in Kitten Chaos, is an explosively funny romp exploring the relationship between alpha cat and intruder. In a dynamic reminiscent of that between Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner, the kitten consistently outsmarts and outcutes Simon’s Cat to the elder’s eternal consternation.
Simon is Simon Tofield, who’s been an unapologetic cat guy since the age of nine when he adopted a stray barn kitten in his native U.K. Simon’s Cat and Simon’s Kitten are based on his cats Hugh and Teddy. Tofield’s short films have garnered hundreds of millions of views on youtube, his books have been international best sellers, and he has a strip in the Daily Mirror and an obligatory line of cat accessories. Simon’s Cat is the Garfield of the new millenium.
There are more drawings in this book than a hoarder’s stash of old magazines. It took me days to finish it because I relished each detail. As in his short films, the artistry and expression are richly textured. What distinguishes Simon’s Cat from every other cat cartoon is the way Tofield purrfectly captures the subtle nuances of cat behavior.
The only thing that would make the book better would be to accompany it with a recording of Simon’s Cat’s insistent “meow.”
Buy Simon’s Cat in Kitten Chaos
You can buy Simon’s Cat in Kitten Chaos at Amazon. The Kindle version is only $6.39.
If you’re one of those who likes the “Making of…” parts of Special Features on movie DVDs, you’ll enjoy this clip of Simon showing how he draws the kitten: