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How Cats Really Work [Paperback]

Alan Snow
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Book Description

28 May 2009

New cover reissue of the hilarious cat owner’s manual!

What is a cat's sinister mission on earth?
Where do cats go at night?
Why do dogs dislike cats so much?

Find out the answers to all of these questions… and more.

Packed full of cross-section illustrations revealing the astonishing truth about cats, this hilarious spoof pet-owner manual, reissued with an attractive new cover design, is a must-have for animal-crazy children and adults alike. Prepare to be amazed!

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New edition edition (28 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007309929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007309924
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alan Snow is an English artist, working with books, animation, film and computers. He has written and illustrated over 160 books for children, including How Dogs Really Work, The Truth About Cats, and How Santa Really Works. He has also worked on a very diverse range of other projects, including work on the design of a children's science museum in Japan and the design of a project robot currently on sale worldwide.

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Praise for How Cats Really Work!:
“Alan Snow’s cross-hatch cartoon style illustration is the perfect foil for his deadpan text. This book - and its predecessor about dogs - could become something of a cult.” The Scotsman

“Snow keeps up the pseudo-scientific tone throughout, making the book look like many genuine information books, even to the index.” Junior Bookshelf

“Very amusing and original, aimed at children, but would entertain adults too.” Cat World

Praise for How Dogs Really Work!:
“One of the funniest books about dogs that I’ve ever read. The details drawings treat dogs like machines, there are some hilarious notes and details, yet the text has a serious side too.” Books for Keeps

About the Author

Alan Snow studied fashion design and illustration at Salisbury. He worked as a wedding dress designer, car designer and tree surgeon before becoming a children’s book illustrator. He has also been involved in a number of computer animation projects, including a Peter Gabriel video.

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The book contains brilliant diagrammatic pictures portraying cats as spaceships from a far-off planet called Nip manned by microcats, little tiny cat beings. This fake information book covers their mission on earth, and their relationships with humans, dogs and the fish trade. It's very funny indeed, though obviously very foolish. My children love the intricate workings inside the cat-spaceships and the idea that they are merely intergalactic vessels. This is an inspired take on a popular household pet that will appeal to cat lovers of all ages who have a childish streak, as well as the audience for whom it's primarily intended, the 4-8s. Brilliant, and, as it is more off-beat, even better than its fantastic partner How Dogs Really Work. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great idea and resource! 28 Feb 2012
A great concept for a book! Been VERY useful for explanation texts 'Pie Corbett' style! My year 2 class love it!
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