Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

Few animals have effected humans as much as cats. Furry, frustrating, lovable, playful…they truly are one of man’s (and woman’s) best friends. They are there to entertain us when we are bored and nuzzle us when we are sad – and so are the great stories told in The Amazing Life of Cats by Candida Baker. A collection of dozens of cat stories, The Amazing Life of Cats makes you laugh, tear and smile with every furry tale. Whether it’s the story of the small cat who fiercely protected his owner’s baby or the cat that liked to climb through windows only to steal the neighbors pies and other baked treats, this book is filled with reminders of why we strive to make these furry friends such a close part of our families.

Story after story will take you through a journey through the hearts and minds of each author. The sporadic feline portraits throughout bring an added something to each story, giving a face to the mischievous, the sad and the saved.

One specific favorite called Advice for Cats is written from a cat’s perspective, telling other felines how to choose a human and how to get their own way. This story had me giggling and shaking my head at my two naughty little kitties. Every story tells the raw and honest truth and not all end happily I’m afraid.

The stories were well thought out and placed and offered a look into every facet and every type of human-feline relationship that a person could possibly think of. Great for children, teens and adults a-like, The Amazing Life of Cats is a must read for cat lovers all over the globe. Baker has also compiled two other innovative compilations, The Wonderful World of Dogs and The Infinite Magic of Horses. If you need a break from the serious toils of a deep intellectual novel, try reaching for this fun, endearing read.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh, PA with her fiance and her two beautiful cats. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also an artist, writer, environmental activist, creative coordinator and aspiring culinary genius. She believes there is nothing better than a good book, and lives one cover to the next.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Allen & Unwin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.