Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
This book is all photographs of cats shaking – yep! – that’s right – cats shaking – their heads to be exact. In the introduction the photographer assures the reader that none of the cats were harmed during photography and the greatest care went into the sessions. She got the cats to shake their heads by putting ear drops in their ears – and if you’re not a cat, then you don’t understand how quickly we want to get rid of the stuff, even if it is to get rid of ear mites! Anyway, she also stroked the cats with wet hands so some of them were slightly damp so when they shook you see microscopic particles of water, dander and drops floating all around them. And the crazy faces the cats make are so funny! Here are some of them:
The photographer also assures us the cats were treated very well and not forced to do anything, although they did have to submit to ear cleaning and a nail trim (really a must for any healthy cat!). She also had a staff to assist her: animal care professional, professional vet tech, and another animal care specialist. Some of the cats already had pet humans; the others were waiting in shelters for their pet humans to find them.
I like the book a lot; the only thing I didn’t like about it was having to go to the back of the book to find out who the kitties were. I would have preferred captions under each different cat, but perhaps the photographer thought captions were lower the artistic value of the book. The slo-mo photography is amazing (or is it high speed?). And the cats do look like they’re being tortured – so I’m not sure how I feel about that because I know they’re not.
Rating: 4 out of 5 paws