As a cat lover (and a heavy Internet user), I think I've watched every Maru YouTube video out there. I love his "catitude", and rarely do I fail to laugh or smile when watching his fascination with boxes. I got a copy of I Am Maru by mugumogu from the library when I was last over there, wondering if the online life of Maru would translate well to print. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed...
For Maru fans, the book is interesting. It adds some background in terms of birth date, the kitten years, habits, the meaning of his name, and so forth. And yes, many of the pictures are cute. Gotta love that round mound of fluff...
But beyond that, there's not a lot of substance. A number of the pictures are minor variations on each other, as well as being on the smallish side. Including screen images of the different videos is somewhat strange, as you can't click on anything and the URLs to find the videos on YouTube are not included. The back-and-forth "banter" between Maru and his owner is sort of cute, but again it's rather light in substance. Add in a fair amount of white space as well as the text being in both English and Japanese, and this book ends up being something you'll breeze through in about 15 minutes.
Maru fans will like this book and appreciate the additional background info. Others who don't know the Maru story will wonder what the commotion is about (until they go online and see the videos). I would have been very disappointed had I paid full price for this book, but given that I got it at the library, I'm willing to say it was "OK."
Obtained From: Library