New "Cat Book" Shakes Up Category

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New cat book appeals to cat lovers, adults, and children


New “Cat Book” Shakes Up Category

Most books about cats don’t subject their featured feline to knife-wielding street punks, wannabe witches, birds of prey, or near-certain death beneath a subway train. And few have a dead body on the floor by page thirteen.

But Nine Lives on the Street is hardly your typical cat book. The “author” is allegedly a cat who, aided by “newly developed software,” supposedly dictated the story to a human – advertising creative director Jon Saunders.

Nine Lives on the Street purports to be the recollections of a pampered pet named Boo whose luxurious lifestyle comes to an abrupt end when his elderly owner dies. Fearing he’ll be blamed, Boo flees his posh apartment for the streets of New York. There, his struggle to survive transforms him from a self-centered and lazy loafer into a hero.

Readers have described the 140-page book as, by turns, funny, scary, and serious. It has been called a children’s book written for adults. Or, perhaps, for children who regularly read the New Yorker.

Its publisher, Polar Bear & Company, says Nine Lives on the Street is “an adventure story for all ages.”

Released in October 2105 with little fanfare, the book is nonetheless selling well worldwide in both the “children’s” and “cat book” categories according to sources close to the publisher. Its readers are said to range from twelve-year-olds to senior citizens.

Nine Lives on the Street is available in hardcover and paperback at bookstores, Amazon, B&, and from the publisher at


Contact: Jon Saunders at 203.987.3344 or jonsaunders(at)saunderscom(dot)com

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