Review: Men and Cats

Posted October 24, 2015 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Men and CatsMen & Cats by Marie-Eva Gatuingt, Alice Chaygneaud
Published by Perigee Books on September 1, 2015
Genres: nonfiction
Pages: 113
Format: hardcover
Source: Free for Review
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A brilliant collection of photographs that brings together two of the world's favorite things: hot men and cute kittens.
Based on the chic French Tumblr Des Hommes et des Chatons, 
Men & Cats 
presents an original collection of 50 pairs of sexy men and adorable cats. Each clever match-up shows a heartthrob posing alongside a cat in a similar pose or with a similar expression. Not sure if you want to look at sexy men or cute cats? With this book, you don't have to choose.

Have you all seen this Tumblr? Basically it pairs a picture of a handsome man with a picture of a cat doing about the same thing. A good friend of mine linked me to it a long while back. Together we ogled the cat pictures and the good looking men with same level of concentration. I mean, cats and hot guys; what’s not to like?

Obviously I’m leading up to this book, Men and Cats. It is the Tumblr, except in book form. I like reading books better than I like looking at things on the internet so it has that going for it. Plus again, it’s pictures of dapper men and cats. No arguments from me. The 113 pages are full of images just like these.


The downsides are that I do like books to read. This one is all pictures. It’s fun to flip through. There is some novelty to it and its very cute. Surprisingly though, I can only look at so many pictures of men and cats in bow ties before the shininess wears off. I think the benefit of the tumblr is that you get one a day and it’s a new beautiful picture pairing that you admire and then scroll past.

Really, this is an art book. It would make a perfect coffee table book. The pairings are absolutely perfect. The cat and the man exhibit the exact same pose or expression. They reflect each other and the choices by the authors are very impressive. Plus, bow ties are cool.


Cat wearing red bow tie


Still, I’m a philistine. I’ve never really been good at art appreciation. I just end up feeling like I’d rather be reading a novel. That’s the way this book made me feel too. Like, “this is cool, where’s the story?” Then there’s pictures like the one below. Logically, I know the picture on the left is supposed to be sexy. However, all I can think is that no one stretches like that and he looks supremely uncomfortable.


Sexy man stretching





So all in all this book is fine. There’s nothing wrong with it. It is exactly what it claims to be and it does its job very well. It turns out that looking at one or two men along with a similarly posed cat is entertainment. But for me,  if you have an entire book of them it gets boring fast. I’ve always been more of a dog person.

This would be a great Christmas gift for the cat lover in your life. I can definitely see this book making people smile. Plus it would be a surprise present; the one they didn’t even know they wanted. I love those.




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