Sunday, October 27, 2013

I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton - Ashley's Review

*I received this book as an eARC from Touchstone on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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Title: I Am Pusheen the Cat
Author: Claire Belton
Year Published: 2013

Synopsis: 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.


Review: Having not really read any of the Pusheen comics online, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I mean, I've seen the pictures and some of the comics and I send the stickers to everyone on Facebook, but I didn't know much about it or her. This comic was an excellent starting point though, and I enjoyed pretty much every second of it. 

This comic is fairly short and simple, and shows Pusheen doing all sorts of (remarkably accurate) cat things. I can totally see my cats in pretty much all of these situations, and I think that made it even funnier. I think she's adorable, and I can totally see how this become an internet phenomenon. There's not really an over-arcing plot or anything, but I think it worked in this case. 

I think this comic would be great for long-time fans of Pusheen and people who are just starting to discover her. I definitely think this would be a hit with a younger audience, especially those who love cats and have some of their own. It's cute, clean, full of pictures, colorful, and funny. And it's relatively short, so there's really no fear of getting distracted easily and leaving it unfinished. I would give it a 3/5, and will definitely be looking out for more of Pusheen in the future!


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