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4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  358 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Sporting a 16-page color insert of calendar art and a fresh new full-color jacket, here is the lovingly prepared 17th Anniversary Edition of the mother of all cat books, the one that gave new meaning to wacka-wacka and forever redefined it.

Cat is the classic that started it all. It gave a voice to catmaniacs around the country, launched an entire genre in publishing and l

Published (first published 1975)
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Aug 13, 2014 Cissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book first came out when I was in high school, and I was smitten. The cats are spot-on perfect!

At that point, the only popular cat cartoon was Garfield, and while that was OK- Kliban brought a whole new level of humor and surreality to the mix. I suspect we can credit him as a remote ancestor of "LOLcats", for instance, as well as many of the other great cat cartoons lurking about the internet.

I am pretty sure, too, that we can credit him with the concept of a "kittyloaf". "Cat: One hell of
Apr 10, 2014 zni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute and clever. Being a cat person, this book was too hard to miss from a thrift bookstore. It also piqued my interest in its creator, B. Kliban.
Sep 27, 2016 Mommooshka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic, clever cat cartoons anyone who knows and loves cats will appreciate and enjoy.
2008 September 20

I still love this above almost every other book of cartoons. And, they're funny to eight-year-olds, too.
Todd N
Feb 04, 2013 Todd N rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 10-year-old son found this at a used bookstore. We were hanging out waiting for the dog to finish getting groomed.

He loves this book. It's been in heavy rotation for almost a month now. He slept with it for almost a week. I seem to remember Emily or Jeff having a copy of this when we lived in Boston, summer '88.

One interesting note: I got Matt some Edward Gorey thinking he would like the silliness and macabre humor, but he hated it. He made me take it away from him because he said he didn't l
Jan 07, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny
Now I know how to draw a qat.
Aug 15, 2012 Alessandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Garfield fans
Shelves: comics, humor, 1970s, animals
B. Kliban was a Playboy cartoonist who died too young. "Cat" was a massive bestseller back in 1975 and 1976, the first really popular cat cartoon book.

Every aspect of Kliban's cat cartoons, from the attitude to the art itself, showed up in the "Garfield" cartoon by Jim Davis which hit the newspapers in 1978, although the art style quickly mutated away from the edgy Kliban-style to Davis' cute style.

Anyone who likes "Garfield" should check out "Cat" by B. Kliban to see the original. It is rather
May 18, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, art, comics
No narrative here, nor any particular theme (unlike works on suicidal bunnies or uses for dead cats)—simply cartoons of cats in different situations. Thus, in some instances the work here sometimes seems like a collection of studies. In many cases, the comedy in the work is rather understated, so much so that at some points it could be questioned whether the intention in this or that cartoon is indeed comic, or merely an exercise for the artist.

That was weird.

I'm not sure what to make of this.

It's a bunch of cartoons with cats, but... most of them were just bizarre.

A few made me laugh, but for the most part, I didn't get it.
Dec 14, 2007 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
We lost a great talent when Kliban died - like his other books, this one is a collection of humor ranging from mild to totally ridiculous and sometimes just the artist having fun being weird. Whether you like cats or not, if you like Monty Python, Mel Brooks, and the like, you'll love this book.
Ok, there's nothing mind-bogglingly brilliant about this stuff, it doesn't shift paradigms, it's pretty mainstream, but Kliban's kindof like a thousand-trick pony (or cat): It's impressive how many variations on a theme he can generate & still get a silent chuckle out of me. It's obssessive.
Barbara Rice
May 23, 2009 Barbara Rice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in a bookstore in Chico, CA, and stood there reading it with tears rolling down my face, about to wet my pants. While I don't find it all that funny anymore, it's still all good.
Chris Andersen
It's good stuff, but I couldn't help thinking, "I bet if just made a book that was a bunch of cat drawings, cat people would buy it". It's basically cat porn, but this is pretty good cat porn. Quirky.
Rhonda Keith
Jul 13, 2012 Rhonda Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the first, maybe the first, of the cat books, and one of the best -- maybe the very best. Kliban was brilliant: the meatloaf cat, the blues cat, cat words, the cat who really looks into a corner.
Keri (JD)
Just a collection of one shots about cats, if you love cats, of course you will love this.

I found it in my partners collection of books, he says he can't remember ever NOT owning this.
Dec 27, 2013 Jules rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious! I'm glad someone else makes jokes about eating their fat cat.
Jul 06, 2008 Desiree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers
Kliban's illustrations really mirrors his love of cats! I love his sketches and carricatures, it really captures the true nature of cats: selfish, arrogant, quirky :)
Mar 10, 2008 PJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a thoughtful gift and happy edition to my library. It is part of a box set, but this book was the one intended for me. The giver won so many points.
Jul 26, 2012 g-na rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read this since childhood. It's bizarre, but in a good way. You can certainly see Kliban's influence on Gary Larson
Sep 01, 2012 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was a child I loved looking at these pictures. Looking at them again as an adult they make me laugh out loud.
Feb 25, 2012 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, cats
So, who else had the bed sheets featuring the cats wearing red sneakers?

Come on, tell the truth now...
My mom really likes this cat, so when saw it on the street for $1 I had to buy it.
Sep 30, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner! And I adore cats, so this one wins major points with me.
David Glenn Dixon
Part of Kliban in a Bigger Box.
Victoria Lynn
Oct 12, 2016 Victoria Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this....
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Bernard "Hap" Kliban (January 1, 1935 – August 12, 1990) was a popular cartoonist born in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Kliban was an instant cartoon sensation after the publication of his groundbreaking book Cat in 1975. Some forty years after their initial appearance, Kliban’s quirky, colorful Cats are adored icons and cherished friends of fans worldwide. One of the top cartoonists of the 20th century, K
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