When my boyfriend Spencer found out I was getting The Itteh Bitteh Book Of Kittehs, the latest book of hilarious cat photos from the ICanHasCheezburger.com franchise, he was . . . well, a tad excited.
In fact, he couldn’t believe it.
The third installment capitalizing on the Lolcats, an Internet phenomenon in which visitors caption photos of cats submitted by other users, doesn’t pull any tricks. It’s exactly what you’d expect of a humor book with baby cats on the cover, and what we’ve seen before: many full-color pages of cats in various poses, all captioned with funny and clever phrases. Here, most of them are — as the title suggests — “itteh bitteh” kitties. Kittens, you know.
I’ll be honest: I’ve never been a cat lover. Give me a giant golden retriever over an itteh bitteh kitteh any day. However, I started hanging out on the ICanHasCheezburger website years ago — and even tried my hand at captioning some — and really got a kick out of it. They’re all light-hearted and, if you stop by often enough, you’ll begin to see running gags like monorail cat.
What’s the appeal of Lolcats? For Spencer, a guy who grew up with kitties, it’s a way of still laughing at the ridiculous stuff cats get into. After flipping through The Itteh Bitteh Book Of Kittehs last night, we may or may not have watched a solid 30 minutes of box cat on YouTube. And other cat antics. And talking cats. And cats doing human-like stuff.
Never seen a Lolcat, or don’t quite get it? For someone new to the genre, Spencer says, “Start with a book — you’re guaranteed to get a few good ones. With the website, if you don’t see something you like, you can dismiss it too quickly.” You have three options and plenty of laughs in each installment.
If you’re into funny cat photos, you’ll like this one — and read it quickly. If you’re not into funny cat photos? This might not be your bag. But it’ll still make a great gift or be fun to share with friends.
Or, you know what? You can win one! I have a copy up for grabs, courtesy of the publisher, to one U.S. resident. (Added on Oct. 18: Congrats to Melydia, our randomly-selected winner! She’s been emailed. Thanks everyone for entering!)
And because you can’t talk about Lolcats without looking at Lolcats, here are Spence’s and my favorites from The Itteh Bitteh Book Of Kittehs:
8 thoughts on “Book review & giveaway: ‘The Itteh Bitteh Book Of Kittehs’”
looks like I’m on the Itteh Bitteh Kitteh Commiteh!!
You are indeed, sir!
Yes, well, we have FIVE kittehs in our house (and don’t forget Rufus the guinea pig) so we very much enjoy the lolcats. Damn things are a constant source of both entertainment and stress!
Five kitties?! Oh my goodness. I’m sure they keep you really busy, but yes — pets can be super stressful, too!
I love love love kitties and I Can Haz Cheezeburger ones…no goggies in this house…Spencer rules!!!
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Hi, Meg! Nice to meet you. I’ve got this posted at Win a Book for you — thanks for the e-mail. I hope you’ll send us more links in the future.
i LOVE this website and would like a shot at the book. i’m also a dorky cat video person–have you seen the guy who made a whole song about his cat?
anyway, i was always a dog person until i met anthony. now i’m an equal-opportunity pet lover. 🙂
i can winz?
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