Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Review and Giveaway: Simon's Cat by Simon Tofield


Simon's Cat
by Simon Tofield

Grand Central Publishing (September 24, 2009) ~ 240 pages
Entertainment / Humor

Edition Reviewed / Special Thanks: Paperback review copy courtesy of Hachette Book Group ~ I do not receive additional compensation for posting my review ~


Perfect for : Personal enjoyment, Gift for a fan of comics, Coffee Table book

In a nutshell: I am one of those people who enjoy looking up things on YouTube when I'm stuck trying to figure out some craft, cooking project, movie clip, etc. I had no idea that Simon's Cat originated on YouTube, and that it has a huge following of fans (25 million fans on YouTube seems huge to me!), so was amazed when I picked up this book and found a little more about it.

First off, let me say that this is a fun and humorous book, done in black/white/gray tones, in a comic strip type style. The situations that Simon Tofield has created for Simon and his cat are so funny - one of the first drawings had me laughing: it was Simon in bed, trying to sleep, with his cat on top of the covers, comfortably spread out on about 90% of the bed sleeping VERY nicely (while Simon is desperately trying not to fall out of the bed, and seems to be wide awake). :) Anyone who has slept with a pet in their bed has got to get a kick out of this one.

Really, I could go on and on here. There are so many silly situations that Simon's Cat has created, gotten into, is about to do, etc, that the book will entertain fans of comics for quite some time. Plus, if you ever get bored, pull out some crayons or colored pencils and color away! I've enjoyed picking up the book during spare moments and flipping through so I can laugh for a few moments. This is also a great book to keep on the coffee table, as I've had multiple guests comment on how fun it is to look through.

Illustrations: Fun pen/ink drawings in black/white/gray tones
Story-Line: N/A ~ humorous, comic book style pictures
Readability: enjoy all the drawings! Other than the copyright and acknowledgement pages, there really isn't anything to read.
Overall: A very entertaining book of Simon (character) and his cat, who seems to always be causing trouble Garfield style :)

From the Publisher's Site:
Simon Tofield's animations have taken YouTube by storm. Now, the feline Internet phenomenon makes his way onto the page in this first-ever book based on the popular animated series. SIMON'S CAT depicts and exaggerates the hilarious relationship between a man and his cat. The daily escapades of this adorable pet, which always involve demanding more food, and his exasperated but doting owner come to life through Tofield's charming and hilarious illustrations.

Video / Excerpt:





About the Author: (from the publisher's site)
Simon Tofield is an award-winning animator who lives in London.

Giveaway Details ~ 5 Winners:
1. Leave a comment here telling me your favorite place to read the comics/funnies/humorous books and include your email if it is not in your profile (1 entry)
2. Post a link to the giveaway on your blog and/or Facebook and report it here (1 entry)
3. Become a follower (link is on the right hand sidebar) and leave a comment here (or "remind" me you are already a follower so I know you want to be included in this giveaway) (1 entry)
4. Fave Wendi's Book Corner on Technorati by following the link on the right hand sidebar just above Followers (1 entry)

The drawing will be held October 31st-ish. Winners (5): I will send you an email, please reply with your address so I can forward your contact information to the publisher!

This giveaway is open to residents within the United States and Canada, no PO Boxes.

~ Wendi

105 Comments:

Noggy said...

I don't have a special place for reading because reading has become so spontaneous for me during the past ten years. If something captures my interest I stop what I'm doing and read right were I am.

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Noggy said...

Became a follower of Wendi's Book Corner today.

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bermudaonion said...

I love to read funny things everywhere! milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Sam said...

I will read anywhere! I make it a habit to always have something with me in case I end up having to wait (dr's office, oil change, etc.) These comics are great!

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Sam said...

I am a new follower of your blog. Hello!

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Jessica said...

I don't have a particular spot for reading the comics but usually I am on the bed so I guess that will be my choice.

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Anonymous said...

I read in my bedroom

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Aisling said...

When I read the Sunday comics, I usually sit out on the sunporch with a cup of tea.

Chelsea said...

I love to read humor books from the library and ones I receive off of swaptree.com or paperbackswap.com.

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Chelsea said...

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Alice Teh said...

I want this book!

renee said...

I would read my funnies in my special chair during mommies special quiet time.
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renee said...

I am a follower
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Stacie said...

I like to read curled up in bed.

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Stacie said...

I am a follower.

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David Johnson said...

In the summer I like to read out on the balcony, in the winter on the couch, thanks.

abfantom said...

I read the funnies in the morning on the couch with a cup of coffee.

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Wanda said...

My favourite place to read the funnies is in the bathroom. I would love to be entered in your draw. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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etirv said...

Anywhere but the bathroom!

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tanya904 said...

My favorite place to read the funnies is in the morning at my kitchen table with coffee of course
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arrowheadmac said...

I enjoyed watching the "Simon's Cat" videos! I have three cats...need I say more? I usually read in bed with at least one cat. :)
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Anonymous said...

My favourite place to read comics is on my balcony

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Anonymous said...

I love to read the funnies just about anywhere. But usually read the newspaper funnie while I am eating breakfast in the kitchen.
David
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degood said...

I read them curled up on the couch with my morning coffee

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intensev5 said...

I love to get in my jammies crawl under the covers and read in bed in the evening. Great way to get some stress relief!! Thanks for the giveaway

Paulina said...

I love to read funny comics online, while cozied up in bed, with my laptop!
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Anonymous said...

I love reading in bed but rarely have a chance to do it.

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Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
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My favorite place to read comics and the funnies is either cozy in my warm chair with hot chocolate, or else cozy in a warm bubble bath with hot chocolate lol

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

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And I am a happy follower :)

sarah oswald said...

i read the comics or anything else on my couch in the livingroom,while i listen to music.

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A Braidwood said...

In airport waiting areas. Because it' SO cool to laugh uncontrollably (as in, tears streaming down face) in front of complete strangers.

danosor said...

I am a subscriber.


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paryjeja said...

I keep some funny comics at my desk at work for when a I need some comedic relief.
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Holly B said...

I love the Simon's cat videos, so cute! Love reading sunday morning comics on my couch!

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Valerie said...

I like to read, comfy in my bed. mm
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wwrk said...

My favourite place to read is at my balcony.

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Enid Wilson said...

This is such a lovely comic book, thanks for introducing me to it, Wendi.

Steamy Darcy

Anonymous said...

I will read anywhere at any time that I can. I love reading !!!!
rhamel@shaw.ca

♥Kathy♥ said...

Well I would love to have a copy of this book Wendi. LOL I read comics anywhere. p.s. I am already a follower of yours. =)

Smooshy said...

on the subway on my way to work!

Lynn Brown said...

I will read whenever I get a chance...at dinner, before bed, etc. My kids and I love Simon's Cat.

Katie said...

I love to read in the bath tub :) heyparker@hotmail.com

sweetsue said...

I like to read them early on Sunday morning on my sofa.
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Anonymous said...

Theresa - my absolute favourite place to read is outside in the sunshine. Baring that, during the cold weather, I curl up where ever the mood strikes, couch, big comfy chair, bed, bath.

Theresa Campsall
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Alicia said...

Sitting in my comfy new recliner.

Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I always read funny books in my favorite chair.

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm a follower.

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Tammy said...

I like to curl up in bed to read
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Blandy Snorhal said...

I love Simon's Cat! And like other comics, I like to read them online while I eat breakfast!
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409cope said...

I most like to read comical book, or any books for that matter, while having a bath. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Esme said...

favorite place to read-the beach

thanks

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Anonymous said...

I love to read comincs in my easy chair. walkerd@primus.ca

Carol EL said...

I do my comics reading propped up on pillows in bed. jelly15301@gmail.com

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Deb K said...

My favorite place to read comics is in bed all covered up :)

Deb K said...

I am a new follower of you with Google

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g.g. said...

I like to read the comics on my couch with my feet up and a cup of tea next to me

thanks for the chance!

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Tammy Pereira said...

My favorite place is on the chaise lounge out back with a great cup of joe!

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MarionG said...

Hi. My fav place to read the comics or funnies is in the newspaper. Would love this book. polo-puppy-fluffy AT hotmail *dot* com

grannyvon said...

I read anywhere, while I'm fishing, eating or just anywhere. My favoite would be in my lounge chair. Thanks for the entry in this cute book, ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

I follow and want the extra entry. Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

rebekah arnold said...

my favorite place to read is in my bed :) thanks for the giveaway

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missrantsypants said...

This is weird, but I do alot of reading while Im waiting for the laundry, so Ill prop myself on the washer or dryer and read!



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erma said...

I love to read in my room.
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Kimberly said...

I like to read the comics in the break room at work. It provides a little relief from the day.

Kimberly said...

I already follow your blog. :)

Gabriel J. said...

Great read, great contest!

Randominities said...

My favorite place to read comics is at my desk at work. It cheers me up!

Anonymous said...

In bed, with a squishy pillow and a comforter!

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

rb109972 said...

outside on the deck

Amanda said...

In bed in the early morn with the sun just coming in. Or dining room table while eating breakfast.

susan1215 said...

On the couch

kp said...

I read the paper every morning. I stand up while eating/reading and don't stop until the comics are read. That way I start my day on a positive note.

demmi said...

out on the front porch on a sunny day
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Terri said...

Sunday mornings, on the couch with a cup of coffee. I love it

Terri said...

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Heather said...

Realistically - I read (and watch) funny things at my computer. Ideally - outside on a lounge chair in dappled sun.

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js22 said...

I love to read everything in bed!

Thanks for the giveaway!
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FDP 4 Life said...

i read in bed

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cherdon said...

Since I need peace and quiet when I read, my bedroom is my favorite place to go.


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I am already a follower of your blog

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Brooke said...

My favorite place would be on the couch... where I really get to read them is when I pretend to go to the bathroom so I don't have kids grabbing them from me... lol

katybug said...

My favorite place for reading the comics is on my deck (weather permitting, of course)!

Gianna said...

In the car while my husband is driving. It's the only time I get a chance to read!

purango said...

I love to read in my bedroom. garrettsambo@aol.com

Mishia said...

In my room.

rubynreba said...

I read the comics on the couch while I lounge!
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rubynreba said...

I am a follower.
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I am a follower.
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Karin said...

I am one of the original cereal box readers. I read anythin any time. That video is so my husband and our cat (which he has named Psycho Cat) that I have to get the book - for him, of course!

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