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Catnip: Artful Felines From The Metropolitan Museum Of Art    by Chronicle order for
by Chronicle
Order:  USA  Can
Chronicle, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In her Introduction, Carolyn Vaughan compares the stimulating effects of cats on humans to that of catnip on felines. This little book, Catnip, is full of elegant and playful images (from The Metropolitan Museum Of Art collection) and clever quotations that will delight any catlover on your gift list.

Alongside the quotes are cat paintings and sculptures. Here's a charming French proverb, 'Books and cats and fair-haired little girls make the best furnishing for a room.' I appreciated the Harper's Christmas poster of a lounging lady reading a book while under observation by a proprietary feline. And I especially liked the Japanese art in this book - for example, one shows a sitting cat who looks indescribably content, as only cats can, and another portrays a small feline stalking a spider.

Here's another quote from this delightful volume for you to mull over, one that I wholeheartedly agree with - Jean Cocteau said, 'I love cats because I enjoy my home; and, little by little, they become its visible soul.'

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