I Am Pusheen the CatWritten by Claire Belton
Illustrated by Claire Belton
(Touchstone - 10/29/2013)Genres: Comic
Format: eARC (192 pages)
This collection of oh-so-cute kitty comics—an online cult phenomenon, now for the first time in an adorable gift book—Pusheen combines the online reach of The Oatmeal’s How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You with the super-sweet appeal of Hello Kitty.With more than 2 million page views a month, 500,000+ blog subscribers, and 500,000+ Facebook followers, Pusheen is a pleasantly tubby gray tabby cat who has warmed hearts and tickled funny bones of millions worldwide with her signature GIF animated bops, bounces, and tail wiggles. Now, Pusheen is ready to make the leap from digital to print with her first comic collection!
I Am Pusheen the Cat features some of the most popular comics from the website, including Reasons I Love Fall, Career Options for Your Cat, and Christmas To Do List, as well as a healthy serving (at least 25 percent) of never-before-seen material that is sure to delight Pusheen’s many dedicated fans.
FTC Disclosure: This book was provided to me from the author or publisher (NetGalley), free of charge, with the understanding that my intention is to read it and provide feedback in the form of an honest review. I am not compensated in any way in exchange for positive reviews, and I don’t let anything other than the book's contents affect my opinions and review.
Confession: my husband and I are Pusheen fans. We have been known to giggle at many a Pusheen gif, compare Pusheen to our own cat, and even buy a Pusheen t-shirt or two. So naturally, when I saw this book available on NetGalley, I clicked the Request button with such enthusiasm that my tendonitis flared up. (Thanks again to Simon & Schuster for galley approval — you made my day!)
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started reading through the book, but I was a bit surprised to see that it was basically the Pusheen blog collected into chapters and put into book form. (And, sadly, without the gifs because we don’t like in Harry Potter’s world.)
For the most part, things were well organized, and the chapters and sections made sense. A few times, though, there seemed to be just random images thrown in at the end of a section. Most pages consisted of one or two drawings, and the various Pusheen Guides (cat etiquette, being fancy, etc.) were spread out over multiple pages.
While most of the content seemed familiar, apparently a portion of it was never-before-seen material, which was a nice surprise. Even so, the book felt a somewhat lacking and I was hoping for a bit more substance (but, perhaps, what can one expect from a cat?).
As an e-galley, this book was somewhat problematic. At first, I was reading it with the Kindle app on my phone, because I wanted to see it in color. But the book was clearly not formatted for Kindle viewing, and the images (which were basically the whole page) only took up about 40% of my screen. Viewing this on my Kindle wasn’t as fun, either. The images were still not proportioned well for the screen, and since I have the cheapest Kindle, that meant viewing it all in black and white.
Finally, I opted to view it using Adobe Digital Editions on my computer. I was able to view it more like a regular book, seeing two pages side-by-side, which was nice. The quality, however, was on the low side, and I felt myself getting frustrated because I could see most of the images in much higher quality on the Pusheen website. This was obviously not the finished ebook, however, because the bleed and crop marks were clearly visible along the edges.
I’m not sure how different the finished ebook looks, but either way, I’d recommend picking up the print version of this one. It’s a very quick read, but it’s cute and fun and full of that Pusheen charm. A great addition to any cat-lover’s coffee table.
[Note: while writing this review, I was distracted several times by the cuteness on the Pusheen website, and by the end of it all, I’d somehow managed to purchase some items from the Pusheen shop.]