Monday, 10 June 2013

Review: 'I Am Maru' by mugumogu

I Am Maru by mugumogu, 2009, William Morrow, $15.99, hardbound, 95 pages. Category/Genre: mainstream. Cover: adorable. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

This book grew out of the blog and videos about a Japanese cat named Maru. Maru is a prick-eared Scottish fold with brown tabby markings and white socks and gloves. Typical of his breed, Maru is very round. His name comes from the word marui,meaning 'rounded shape,' though he is actually called Maru because the name is easy to call. 

Maru was five pound, six ounces of kitten when he first came to live with mugumogu at four months of age. He was a curious little cat, and has never lost his instinct to play. Most of all, he loves boxes. He hides in the rubbish bin as soon as the rubbish is taken out, and will provoke mugumogu into chasing him by putting his head into the rubbish bin -- which he knows very well he is not allowed to do. 

Maru doesn't like anything warm; he has thick fur, and prefers lying on a cold wooden floor to lying in a cosy bed. He dislikes being held except when he first awakens in the morning. His favourite game is chasing. He likes sliding in cardboard boxes, and particularly favours beer boxes. He even likes patrolling the house with a paper bag on his face. 

This book is filled with really attractive colour photos. It also comes with a poster printed on the inside jacket flap. Everyone who reads this book will fall in love with Maru. 

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