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I Am Maru Hardcover – Aug 23 2011
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“Say goodbye to Hello Kitty and hello to Maru...the elegant book of full-color photos captures the magic that is Maru.” (USA Today)
“I Am Maru takes readers inside the lives of Maru and his owner mugumogu, peeking into boxes, boxes, more boxes...With his big, round eyes and white-glove paws, Maru finds a way to burrow inside anything–and don’t be surprised if one of those places is your heart!” (People.com)
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This round, adorable Scottish Fold cat may be an internet sensation, but he knows how to keep his celebrity status from going to his fluffy head . . . mostly. Maru and his owner, mugumogu, give readers a peek into the low-key life of the world’s most famous cat. See all his favorite hiding places—trash cans, cupboards, cereal boxes . . . if it’s cozy, he’s there—meet his treasured toys, and learn what it means to wield just the right amount of cat-titude.See all Product Description
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I recommend the book to all cat lovers.
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1) It's small. For some reason I was expecting something a little bigger, like maybe a coffee table book. This is like a handbook.
2) LOTS of repeat content from the popular web clips. I was expecting more original photographs.
3) Not a big surprise that there is repeat content from the web clips, but the content that is repeated, as well as most of the pictures in the book, appear grainy and from a lower resolution source than a normal book you'd find in a bookstore - makes the book seem cheap.
In its defense, it wasn't overpriced and I feel like I got what I paid. I would recommend it only to dedicated Maru fans, who will delight at anything that has to do with this cat. Those that are on the fence or aren't that familiar with him should avoid.
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