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French for Cats: All the French Your Cat Will Ever Need (French for Cats #1)

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The bestselling author of Latin for All Occasions presents all the French your cat will ever need, including phrases for "Excuse me, may I rip the couch to shreds?" "kitty litter", "cat toy", "mouse", "fur ball", and "catnip". Adorable, absurd, and irresistible reading for the sophisticated cat. Illustrated.
Hardcover, A John Boswell Associates Book, 96 pages
Published October 8th 1991 by Villard
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Aug 10, 2011 added it
Shelves: 2005
I saw this at a library sale and had to get it - just too cute & too funny!

This book is all the French your cat will ever need, and includes (among others) the phrases:

"Je vous en prie, tuez le chien de la maison d'a cote" (Please kill the dog next door)

"Les jouets de chats sont ennuyeux"
(The cat toys are boring)

and "Je n'attrapt pas les Frisbees dans ma bouche"
(I do not catch Frisbees in my mouth)

I'll be giving this book to a cat lover with a sense of humor (or is that a prerequisite to
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, an amusing insight into cat's behaviour and the French that they would speak (!) if they knew the language; no doubt fine if the cat is francais!

We now know what 'I sit and stare at nothing for hours on end' translates to and also what toys, cat ones and others, that le chat likes to play with.

Nicely illustrated and a little bit of frivolous fun.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
First sentence: The Cat Le Chat

Premise/plot: Love cats? Want to learn French? Want to remember the French you learned in school? French for Cats is a phrase book for cat lovers. It is an illustrated phrase book with clever moments.

I meow
Je miaule

I purr
Je Ron Ronnie

I sleep
Je dors

Some phrases are short and very practical. Others are much more complex.

I wish that the lawn mower would run over the neighbor's cat.
Je voudrais que la tondeuse a Gabon ecrase le chat du voisin.

My thoughts: I like this
Laura Morrigan
A funny little book. I had this as a kid. When I get a cat, maybe I will get a copy to teach it French. A good book for petlovers or just for a laugh.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Quick, fun read.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Have you ever wondered what “meow” means? Chances are, it's French for something. This little book is packed with all of the answers and necessary translations that you will ever need to know in order to live with your cat (because aren't all cats French?). This little gem contains English phrases and French translations regarding every aspect of cat politics, from appropriate items you must agree to furnish for playtime (read the fine print!) to names they will and will not answer to.

You simpl
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'd completely forgotten about this book until last night, when I pulled it off the shelf and read a few pages to my own cat. He was enthralled, especially by the clear and concise grammatical demonstration of "please kill the dog next door" and "remove yourself from my napping place at once." I'm brushing up on my own French skills after years of neglect, and I've promised the cat his own beret and tout des poissons if he can assist me in conversing on topics such as birds, his toys, his litter ...more
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers
Funny not just for the appropriate French phrases for all your cat's life situations (imagine the hack-hack-hack of a furball coming up, followed by..."Voila!"...exactly what a cat would say!) but also for what phrases the author chose to translate. I don't know that any of my cats ever needed this phrase in French, but I know they thought something along the lines of..."Do not give me the bitter powder or foul-tasting liquid unless you are certain I am dying!" when they were sick. Fun insight i ...more
Diana Eubanks
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this little book. Anyone with cats and a sense of humor would love to read it. I have two cats. They are indoor/outdoor. Lately they have been more indoor. We have had two birds nests in our backyard this summer. The preferred prey;"The Baby Bird that has not yet mastered the art of flight" Le Bebe Oiseau Qui n'a Pas Encore Maitrise l'Art du Vol.
The babies have flown and the cats get to go outside again!
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
Shelves: humor
Very funny. Sends up a traditional illustrated dictionary - the captions are intentionally bland and the little drawings are cartoons. A Christmas present from my Dad the Christmas I was thirty and he gave one to my mother also. Good for cat lovers and non lovers. If you find something faintly amusing about the French language you will love this.
Sarah Sammis
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It's a slow day at work and I'm laughing my head off reading this book. I can't wait to share it with my husband, son and in-laws! After that I'll release it because it's just too damn funny to leave on a shelf. Then after that, I'll have to find a copy for myself. LOL!!!!!!
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: forever
Very cute.
Jacqueline Ann
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Funny book! Will have to teach some of the phrases to my fur babies :)
Nov 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Very, very funny book.
Sep 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Ce que je fais: Je cours rapidement d'une piece a l'autre sans aucune raison apparente.
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Currently reading to my cats... but I think they have secretly known French all along.
Murray The Dog
Aug 06, 2007 rated it did not like it
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonphixion
Ever want to learn how to say, "I do not want to be neutered" in French?
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: french-language
This book is a crack-up. Too funny for words...either French or English! Your cat can now tell you everything, such as it's time to change the kitty litter--en francais!
Mike Jensen
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not much of a book really. It mentions cat habits humorously, then give a French translation. Francophiles who adore cats will probably be amused. Let's leave this book to them.
Sep 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cat owners & lovers
Shelves: humor, 2008
An entertaining humor book for anyone who owns a cat.
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of the cat telling you that "You are sitting in my nap place!" Hilarious book!
Leah (Jane Speare)
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely hilarious. Especially since my friend read the whole thing out loud to me with an atrocious French-ish accent. :)
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, fond memories reading this one a a child with my grandmother. Fun and adorable read for cat lovers - especially children!
Jan 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
May 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
My elderly, one-eyed cat recently caught some live prey and now, thanks to this book, I can say what it was in French:

Le bebe oiseau qui n'a pas encore maitrise l'art du vol.

Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fun
The book is funny but kind of ... childlish
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
its a cute book but don't expect me to know french now ^_^
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The funniest book ever. How do translate "Voila"? Voila. And a hairball appears. This was really fun. Thanks for the great gift, guys!
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