EarlyWord CATS

True to our library roots, here at EarlyWord, we’re partial to books about cats (did we hock you en chinik about Dewey? Admit it; we were RIGHT). We like dogs, too, but come on, haven’t they HAD their day?

So, we were SHOCKED that, despite being “librarian friendly,” BEA allowed Andrews McMeel to display a blowup of this book’s jacket at the one of the show’s entrances:

Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats
Bradley Trevor Greive
Retail Price: $19.99
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing – (2009-10-20)
ISBN / EAN: 0740785133 / 9780740785139

Responding to a deluge of librarian complaints, Lance Fensterman, head of the show, issued a typical corporate non-apology, “We are sorry if anyone took offense, but as supporters of the First Ammendment, we don’t feel we can censor publishers’ messages. We offer guidance, but there’s only so much we can do.”

It’s disturbing to find that the photos in the book are by Rachel Hale. Given her previous work, we cannot believe she would go along with such canine chauvinism:

   catspjs   smitten   catitudes

But, not to worry, pro-cat books are in the pipeline:

Homer’s Odyssey
Gwen Cooper
Retail Price: $20.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press – (2009-08-25)
ISBN / EAN: 038534385X / 9780385343855

Homer’s Odyssey is about a blind kitten who, with the help of his human, grows into a happy cat totally unaware of his disability. Read this from his human’s blog and get back to me about whether dogs are better than cats!

4 Responses to “EarlyWord CATS”

  1. Lance Says:

    I am not sorry for my non apology.

  2. Nyx (via Ann) Says:

    Nyx (Greek goddess of Night) – CCPL’s Collection Management blind library cat – salutes Homer, another great Greekishly named blind cat. Very cool for cats (with apologies to the band Squeeze).

  3. Robin Says:

    Love books, love cats, don’t like the Andrews McMeel title (phooey!). Dogs and cats should not compete for the same blue ribbon.

  4. Brock Martin Says:

    Dogs *are* better than cats. :-) Not all librarians are cat-people.