Monday, October 8, 2018

Claw the System, or, OMG Cats are the Best

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Claw the System 

by Francesco Marciuliano

Pages: 112
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: October 16th, 2018
Cover Comments: Adorable grumpy cat who is obviously sick of the system! What could be better?
First Lines: 
"Until every person realizes
That every human is always wrong
I'm not sure how they can ever
Hope to reach a consensus"
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Could Pee on This, Francesco Marciuliano, comes a lesson from cats in resistance. 

Cats are done with humans' crap. For too long they have put up with baby talk, the humiliation of holiday costumes, and the social injustice of being told, "No." They will not sleep through this anymore. We humans have woken the beast, and in this book they have gathered together to reclaim their voice, loudly and repeatedly until we pay attention. Watch the uprising unfold, through anthems such as "Redefine Terms," "Accepted," "Decide," "A New Dawn," and "Just What Do You Think You're Doing?" Show support for your feline friends and try to understand why they're so spitting mad.



Tired of the same old political arguments and parties? Claw the System gives voice to a little heard (in English), but much evidently much-abused constituent of our world: cats.

You may have heard of Francesco Marciuliano's other books, I Could Pee on This and its sequel, I Could Pee on This, Too, so you'll recognize a theme in the author's work. I hadn't read either of Marciuliano's other books before starting Claw the System, but I was very amused by this book.

Claw the System is set up to portray a societal uprising of sorts, by cats and for cats. Each section, from "Recognize" to "Rebuild" featured poetry from the viewpoint of felines about their struggles and plans for taking back the power from the system. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed that I didn't find this book as funny as I'd hoped. I love cats, and the premise sounds hilarious, but most of the poems fell short, while others got a smile. I enjoyed the photography almost as much as the actual text.

I would recommend this book as a short, fun read that also might be a good selection for your coffee table, but it sounds like the author's previous books might be a bit more laugh-out-loud funny, so I'll be checking those out soon.

*I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.

3/5 kitty uprisings

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