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Useful, but too simple to make reading interesting
on 25 January 2002
With 352 pages this book contains a great deal of information and photographs but too often repeats itself from one section to the next. The book is spilt into four main sections with chapters and then subsections within these. This may appear a simple system but it can often take far longer to reference enquiries this way. Thankfully an index at the back of the book makes finding things easier.
Christopher Walken has written a two page front piece which is a pleasant start to an otherwise dull book. The layout becomes frustrating as each section reveals subsections which contain bullet point style text.
The biggest drawback is the very simple style (child like) which the book is written in. The book is almost encyclopaedic in size but contains vast amounts of white space and reminders about what you are reading. This continuous 'summary' of the cat facts is unnecessary.
People looking for DK books will probably feel a bit disappointed, especially if they have read another DK cat book, CATS, by David Alderton, which is really first class. The Keep It Simple Series doesn't match up to the quality of their Alderton publication. A shame.
Nonetheless, the book proudly advertises its 'simple' style on the front and back covers and people in need of a slower, less complicated read should try this. People looking for straight forward information and facts should certainly try Alderton.