I Hate My Cats
Ginger is the weird one. She plays with peas, purrs at artichokes, and has a strange fondness for chicken (but only the neighbor's chicken). Then there's Fred. His greatest talent? Sleeping. Oh, and hiding. And when he's not hiding, he's conspiring with Ginger to destroy the house! Such is life with cats. . . can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em—if you love them, that is. And yet the question remains: Why are these captivating creatures so marvelously maddening?! From internationally bestselling author Davide Cali, this humorous picture book about a cat owner and his beguiling felines celebrates quirky cat companions, impurrfections and all.

I Hate My Cats Details

TitleI Hate My Cats
Author
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherChronicle Books
ISBN-139781452165950
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Cats, Humor, Funny

I Hate My Cats Review

  • KDV
    January 1, 1970
    Phenomenal cat book!! Recommended.
  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book at the Chronicle booth at ALA and had to go back the next day and buy it for my husband. It's like the author and illustrator captured our (especially Jacob's) life with our cats! The illustrations are very cute and expressive. Loved it!
    more
  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    This book is about me. I have a similar love-hate relationship with my cats. They DRIVE ME CRAZY but they're SO FUNNY AND ADORABLE.ARRRRGHHH
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    A tale of two kitties (make that two tails.) A cat owner laments his companions' quirks but we all know he loves 'em!
  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    I can see kids enjoying this, but this is really just a relatable story for any adult that has even owned a cat. Absolutely adorable!
  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    cuuuute
  • Alyse Stolz
    January 1, 1970
    Spent the morning at an independent book store with my best friend and fellow cat lady. So obviously we loved everything about this book.
  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    We have two cats that could absolutely be the models for the funny story! I loved loved loved the illustrations here. I think it might be a book adults with cats appreciate more than kids will although the illustrations and the situations will make anyone and everyone laugh.
    more
  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    January 1, 1970
    I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) presents the tale of Ginger and Fred, two peculiar cats that drive their owner to serious frustration and distraction. Readers get to meet Ginger, an appropriately ginger tabby cat, first: the "weird one" with large green eyes, who "likes mint and chicken (but only the neighbor's chicken)", and leaving "little presents on the floor". We then meet Fred, a black cat with bright amber eyes who "sleeps most of the time...on sweaters (preferably white ones)", enjoys rest I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) presents the tale of Ginger and Fred, two peculiar cats that drive their owner to serious frustration and distraction. Readers get to meet Ginger, an appropriately ginger tabby cat, first: the "weird one" with large green eyes, who "likes mint and chicken (but only the neighbor's chicken)", and leaving "little presents on the floor". We then meet Fred, a black cat with bright amber eyes who "sleeps most of the time...on sweaters (preferably white ones)", enjoys resting on the newspaper while his owner is trying to read, and knocking things over. As readers observe both Ginger and Fred causing a rumpus- and a pretty big mess- at the narrator's desk, the narrator loses their patience with the cats and exclaims "It's just not fair!". But of course, as the title suggests, this is indeed a kind of love story, and before long, the narrator is firmly back on loving ground with his cats. Well...sort of.Not only is I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) a terrific, sly and very funny picture book that is, due to its efficient word use and delectable art, perfect for a younger audience, but it would also make for a great bookish surprise for any cat lover or cat owner. An older reading audience who enjoys, for example, the exasperation (and love) apparent in Simon Tofield's Simon's Cat series, Yasmine Surovec's Cat vs Human series, or Claire Belton's I Am Pusheen the Cat, might adore the hate-love relationship that Cali and Pirolli gorgeously and funnily present in I Hate My Cats (A Love Story). Overall, what a marvelous read! Davide Cali's writing had me cackling and I immediately fell love with Anna Pirolli's art (the cats are superbly expressive and hysterical); I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) is a definite must-read.I received a copy of this title courtesy of Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own.
    more
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, the joys of sharing your living space with cats! The title had me worried since I know quite well just how annoying felines can be, each one with its own habits and requirements. But I need not have been concerned since it's clear from the text and the illustrations that these two cats are well loved even when they drive their human companion crazy. I liked how the author introduces first Ginger with her unique qualities, followed by Fred, who prefers to sleep or rest for most of the time. B Oh, the joys of sharing your living space with cats! The title had me worried since I know quite well just how annoying felines can be, each one with its own habits and requirements. But I need not have been concerned since it's clear from the text and the illustrations that these two cats are well loved even when they drive their human companion crazy. I liked how the author introduces first Ginger with her unique qualities, followed by Fred, who prefers to sleep or rest for most of the time. But it's when the narrator, an artist, settles down to work that things go wrong. As anyone with a cat in his/her household knows, that's when cats decide that it's time to play. Havoc ensues, and the narrator yells at his pets. Eventually, they forgive him, but in their own good time. Perhaps we love them because of the things they do to annoy us just as much as because of how they amuse us and make us feel loved. With its absolutely perfect illustrations, this book is sheer PURRfection. I smiled all the way through it, especially as I thought about the many cats who have allowed me to be a part of their lives. As another reviewer noted, this one is more likely to appeal to adults with cats than to children who may not have even noticed their annoying qualities, but I still think it's a delight.
    more
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    January 1, 1970
    Ginger and Fred are two kitties who couldn't be more different. Ginger is energetic, eccentric, and playful. She likes mint, shoes, and drinking from the bathroom sink. Fred is a lazy black cat who loves to sleep on the white towels, or in the sink, or on the newspaper his pet human is reading. And both kitties love to help their human work. If the human yells at them, they will hide from him for the rest of the day. But when night comes, all is forgiven as they curl up around their human and go Ginger and Fred are two kitties who couldn't be more different. Ginger is energetic, eccentric, and playful. She likes mint, shoes, and drinking from the bathroom sink. Fred is a lazy black cat who loves to sleep on the white towels, or in the sink, or on the newspaper his pet human is reading. And both kitties love to help their human work. If the human yells at them, they will hide from him for the rest of the day. But when night comes, all is forgiven as they curl up around their human and go to sleep.Anyone who has ever been owned by a cat will really appreciate this book. Anyone who loves kitties but has a bad cat allergy (as I have) will love this book. Anyone who doesn't like cats, well, this may not be the book for you. I'm not sure how young readers will feel about this book, but I suspect those who have cats will have some appreciation for it. Cali has really captured feline behavior so perfectly, Ginger and Fred must be based on experience with cats. And Anna Pirolli's has infused the pages with their personalities to perfection, capturing the differences and similarities that every cat lover will recognize from their own experience. This is a humorous picture book for kids and grownups alike.
    more
  • Peacegal
    January 1, 1970
    On one hand, this book is very funny for adult cat lovers. The illustrations are a delight, and you know exactly what the author is trying to say. Yes, there are times when cats are supremely annoying, and you can get angry with them, in the same way a parent might be angered/annoyed by their children.At the same time, I don't know how appropriate this book is for the usual picture-book set. It's expressing a complex emotion; the cat version of "Go the F*** to Sleep." Growing up in a rural area On one hand, this book is very funny for adult cat lovers. The illustrations are a delight, and you know exactly what the author is trying to say. Yes, there are times when cats are supremely annoying, and you can get angry with them, in the same way a parent might be angered/annoyed by their children.At the same time, I don't know how appropriate this book is for the usual picture-book set. It's expressing a complex emotion; the cat version of "Go the F*** to Sleep." Growing up in a rural area where pets were often seen as disposable and kids were sometimes socialized to "hate" cats in particular, I heard sentiments like this way too often. I wouldn't suggest I HATE MY CATS until the audience is sophisticated enough to get the joke.
    more
  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for the review copy. All opinions are my own.New favorite picture book alert! (For me and the kids!This book is a cat lover’s dream. The cats, Fred and Ginger, behave in universal ways such as tipping over vases, sleeping in the sink, and stepping on the newspaper while someone is reading it. The adult narrator finally gets fed up and yells at them, but then feels bad and tries to make it up to them. It’s a daily push-pull that almost every cat owner will relate to.I hope Thanks to the publisher for the review copy. All opinions are my own.New favorite picture book alert! (For me and the kids!This book is a cat lover’s dream. The cats, Fred and Ginger, behave in universal ways such as tipping over vases, sleeping in the sink, and stepping on the newspaper while someone is reading it. The adult narrator finally gets fed up and yells at them, but then feels bad and tries to make it up to them. It’s a daily push-pull that almost every cat owner will relate to.I hope that young readers and cat lovers of all ages will find their way to a copy of I HATE MY CATS! It’s an ode to all the annoying things cats do, and an admission that we love them anyway.
    more
  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Only cat parents will truly understand this book (and the cats in it). I'd give this book 5 stars, but only 4 because of the illustrations where I've yet to find mint leaves that closely resemble poison oak leaves and rose leaves that resemble alder leaves. Once I make those discoveries, then I'll change my star rating. (No offense to the illustrator but I am a children's librarian AND a master gardener!)
    more
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    LOVE these illustrations! They’re the perfect style for a kitty picture book. The story is simple, too simple at times I thought, but still a cute way to show why is cat people love cats so much despite all the trouble they get into.
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    January 1, 1970
    Legitimately the truest picturebook about cats that has ever been written with interesting angles and soft illustrations.
  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book!! The illustrative style is rich and unique and really makes the story.
  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE this picture book. The cat behavior is spot on and the illustrations are great.
  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Probably the best book of 2018
  • Josh
    January 1, 1970
    As true a title as can be. Great artwork too.
  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    True story.
  • Kaley
    January 1, 1970
    This is adorable and I love it so much. I can't wait to recommend it to everyone.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Funny and very very true
  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book but I don't like the word Hate used towards animals even if you mean that you love them.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    A must read for any cat lover. The illustrations are perfect and the text is just so relatable!
  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    It's a story about cats. Named Ginger and Fred enough said
  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect title, perfect book. As a cat lover I couldn't love it any more (and the illustrations are beyond delightful).
  • Ionarr
    January 1, 1970
    A must-read for anyone who is owned by cats.
Write a review