A Book of Cats


A Book of Cats offers an expansive investigation of cat varieties, considering each species’ habitat, behaviour, appearance and status. However, this is not merely a piece of research, for our subjects appear, interject and captivate!

What’s more, this information, is fascinating. Therefore, we read that lions and tigers sleep more than any other animal, up to 20 hours a day! Then again, did you know that leopards prefer to ‘hide their food up in trees’. They ‘try to hunt at different times of day’ that they might be safe from lions, too! Then again, snow leopards’ tails provide them with extra warmth to snuggle into within their harsh mountain habitat. Meanwhile their stealth is so significant that they can barely be heard when on the hunt!

Alongside, big cats, we read about domestic cats, learning that they are found on every continent now, including Antarctica! They were taken there to control the rat population amongst stores.

The depth of information is intriguing, but Katie Viggers intersperses this with anecdotes, detailed illustrations and considered comparisons. It means that we turn back and read again, including about such facts as species’ markings.

It is sobering to read the statistics about the huge decline in populations of big cats such as tiger, Asiaitic cheetah, Amur leopards and Iberian lynxes. Their future is precarious. Somehow, the tone of this book and the interest formed by its information, makes these facts more real than ever.

Bookwagon loves and recommends A Book of Cats highly for reading at home, sharing, investigating and including within school resources, too.

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A Book of Cats

At home with cats around the world

Katie Viggers

(Laurence King)

Katie Viggers extends her investigation of the animal family with A Book of Cats. Like its predecessor, A Book of Bears, this title is a world wide expansive study. Furthermore, the animals that are presented, are frequently opinionated and fully involved!
The first section of this non-fiction picture book reveals the huge variety within the big cat family. Therefore, we begin with cheetah, learning that their record breaking pace is held only for short periods. What’s more, after such bursts of speed, they are seldom gifted with prey! Then again, we read snippets of information about this species, as we do for each cat within the book. Here, we learn that ‘the black ‘tear marks’ running down a cheetah’s face are malar stripes. They soak up sunlight so a cheetah doesn’t become dazzled‘.
Throughout the big cat section, we learn about the variety of markings, so that black panther, for example are patterned, and cheetah is the only variety with a ‘spotty coat’. ‘No two tigers’ we read ‘have the same pattern of stripes’. What’s more, ‘a leopard’s spots are really rosettes of black fur’. 
Within the information about each cat, we read of specific habitats, behaviour, family grouping  and status. It is startling reading. Therefore, to read that the Amur leopard, for example, is thought to number only eighty, or that there are only 500 Asiatic lions remaining, is jarring. Somehow, the writer’s factual tone, makes this more poignant.
Then again, to read how domestic cats, non native to Australasia, ravage native animal populations, brings us up with a start, too.
Bookwagon loves and recommends the quality and depth and style of information within A Book of Cats. What’s more we recommend it for reading at home or school, sharing and learning from.


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