Talk to the Tail

'Cause the Whiskers Ain't Listenin'!

Written and Illustrated by: Revilo

Published by: Hallmark Books

Reviewed by Natasia Minners


            Being an animal lover, my human often gets gifts from her friends that have to do with animals.  Sometimes it’s a decoration that I can knock over - those are always fun.  But sometimes she gets books.  Being an educated kitty, I always have to take a peak at these.  For her birthday this year, my human got a book called Talk to the Tail: ‘Cause the Whiskers Ain’t Listening.  Sounded like it was right up my alley, so I decided to take a gander.

            Talk to the Tail is a collection of pet cartoons by Revilo, otherwise known as Oliver Christianson, author, artist and creator of the Big Dreams line of Hallmark Greeting Cards.  Having appeared as a model for numerous Revilo cartoons, one of his cats’ thoughts about the experience is posted on the opening flap of the book…hmmm, how do I get into that sort of career.

            The book itself is interesting - who knew that a human would have so much insight into animals.  The cartoons offer incredible insight into the minds of pets, including dogs, cats, birds and fish.  I happen to think that the author focuses way to much on dogs in this book, but I did enjoy the cat cartoons, such as the Live Burial in Hot Laundry, the cartoon showing the cat and her human which points out that the cat is the owner, the cartoon featuring a cat tying up its humans to get at the fish, the cat hiding from the dog under the covers - my favorite hiding spot and the cats calling a dog and taunting him over the answering machine regarding their new cat door that allows them to go outside whenever they want.

            I even enjoyed cartoons featuring other animals, like the one where the boa constrictor has a human in its grasp and tells him he feels a bit tense, the chicken telling the fried chicken-eating human that if the situation were reversed, he wouldn’t be happy and the rejected Hallmark commercial featuring a puppy getting a Hallmark card.

            Some of my least favorite cartoons include a dog tying the tails of two unwitting fence cats together, the one showing the dogs watching the cats as they “fluff” in the dryer and any cartoon depicting a mouse that’s smarter than a cat - we just know that this is not a realistic representation of things.

            All-in-all, Talk to the Tail offered up quite a few humorous moments for this educated kitty.  Of course, that doesn’t mean that all pets will find humor in this book - some just may not be smart enough to understand all of the jokes.  I even wonder if my human will be able to get them all.  But I enjoyed the book and its illustrations and to me, that’s really all that counts.  I hope this guy comes out with a new book featuring more cat cartoons.  I prefer the next book to be entitled Talk to the Paw ‘Cause the Nails Might Scratch You, but what do I know about novel titles. 


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