• Simon's Cat: Beyond the Fence by Simon Tofield

    Being one of the few that hasn't heard of Simon's Cat, I wasn't sure what to expect. I decided to see what it was all about before I received the book and was directed to YouTube. Watching the video shorts, I was in stitches so had rather high expectations of the book, thinking that it would be written stories and/or anecdotes about the cat.

    The book arrived and I hate to say it, but it was a bit of a disappointment. The front cover of the book states that there are "now over 50 million fans on YouTube" which leads you to think that it will be a roaring success. The video shorts, although fantastic, don't really work as well as a book of drawings. Some of the single pictures are hilarious and don't need any explanation at all, but some of the groups of pictures need to be looked at again and again for it to make sense of what the Author is trying to convey. A few of the pictures don't really tell any story at all, and some are so busy and full of detail that I ended up cross eyed trying to ascertain just what the cat was up to and what the "story" of the picture was.

    All in all, I think that unless you are a massive fan of Simon's Cat, it just doesn't work as a book. If there were short written stories mixed in with the drawings, it would be quite a good book.

    I give it 1 glass.