Hoarding is not collection development

Animal Love

All the animal books are in this category, including pets, wild creatures and farm animals.

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Cinderella has gone to the dogs!

Cinderella
Wegman
1993

Submitter: I can’t believe this book. I literally did a double-take when I saw the cover, and as I flipped through it, I began to wonder what made the library purchase this book in the first place. The dog/people combos are a bit freaky and probably would have frightened me as a child. I could see a Cinderella story with the characters all as cartoon dogs, but not this weird dog/person combo photograph.

Holly: This is definitely odd. Dog people, are you horrified by this or do you think it’s cute? They have dog faces and people hands, which I find disturbing. If it circulates, I’d keep it, but I might not put it out on display!

More Odd Illustrations and Humiliated Animals:

Beyond Awful…the “Great Beyond”

Bike Tripping

Teeth Are Fun

Men, Dogs and Knitting

On the Catwalk

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Proto-Internet Kitteh!

Mourka: The Autobiography of a Cat
Le Clercq
1964

Submitter: We’re a super small academic library at a school that focuses on the shipping industry, engineering, and business. We received an ILL request a few months ago for this title and were surprised to find it in our stacks. The only time this book circulated was for this recent ILL request, and we’ve had it since the 1960s. I’ve dubbed this book “the proto-internet” because it is nothing but ridiculous cat photos. It somehow managed to escape the most recent round of weeding, and all previous rounds of weeding. Right now we’re going to continue to keep it for the sheer amusement value, but it makes no sense to have ever had this in our collection. (According to this book, Mourka was George Balanchine’s cat.)

Holly: Maybe previous weeders left it for you as a little “gift.” They had the same idea you did to keep it for amusement value. Ha ha! Thank you, previous colleagues. We needed this little laugh today! #NowGoWeedIt

More Cat Madness:

Dancing with Cats

Why Cats Paint

Your Cat’s Sex Life

On the Cat Walk

Crazy Cat Ladies

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Cat Tricks

The Educated Cat
How to Teach Your Cat to Do Tricks
Ney and Fadem
1987

Had I been thinking, I would have posted this last week during World Cat Day. (Initially, I thought it was WorldCat day and we should be digging into to the catalog.) Evidently, there just aren’t enough cats on the Internet so we need a special day for our feline overlords.

I was browsing for cat books on a reference question and I couldn’t resist this title. I am always amused at the idea of “training” a cat.  I am not sure this particular guy has the answers since all the cats look annoyed. I especially like the photos on teaching a cat to sit.

This book was in circulation as of this posting. I still think 1987 is a bit old for a book like this, even if the material is still good. Cat books (and other pet themed books) are always a hit with the kids. For the record, I have never had a request or even a conversation about training a cat. Dogs, yes, but no cats.

Now excuse me while I attend to every need of my feline masters.

 

Mary

More Cats:

Dancing with Cats

On the Catwalk

Bad Kittehs!

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