Next month, my brown bag lunch at work will cover the topic "Peck-N-Paws", books about animals. One of the Readers' Advisors recommended The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susann Fromberg Schaeffer, saying it was her favor cat book. Foudini does for cats what Chet does for dogs in Spencer Quinn's books. Foudini narrates the story of his own life. It's a charming story for all cat lovers. (And, remember this is an "autobiography" so Foudini lives. But, no promises about other beloved animals.)
Foudini is a housecat in the human world, writing his autobiography for the younger cat in the household, Grace. He tries to impart his wisdom to Grace, who doesn't know what it's like to be an outside wild cat. Foudini's mother was a stray who moved him from place to place until she found a spot for him in the laundry room of an apartment building. Then, one day, she disappeared. And, a woman finally caught him, took him to the vet's, where he was adopted by a man and a woman.
And, to his horror, this man and woman had a dog. Not, just any dog, but a big one! But, over time, the dog, Sam, became Foudini's dog, and he became Sam's cat. It was Sam who convinced Foudini he had to have names for the people, so Foudini called the woman Warm and the man Pest.
Honestly? The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat is the most charming story I've ever read about a cat. Schaeffer seems to understand a cat's soul, and so many actions will be recognizable by cat lovers. There are charming vignettes in which Foudini dreams about cat ancestors, the ancient ones who come back to advise him about everything from protecting his people to his love life. It's funny, but the book does have its tear-jerker moments as well.
A cat lover? Do yourself a favor. Find The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat at your local public library. It's a slightly older book, so you may have better luck at a library. But, you won't regret searching for it.
The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. Alfred A. Knopf. 1997. ISBN 9780679454748 (hardcover), 166p.
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