Monday, November 16, 2009

Crazy Cat Story & Giveaway of Simon’s Cat by Simon Tofield

Reading Simon's Cat by Simon Tofield with CairoBefore I give you any giveaway details, I wanted to share a crazy cat story, which one of the drawings in Simon’s Cat reminded me of. As many of you know, I am owned by two cats, Thelma (in box below) and Cairo (left, reading Simon’s Cat with me; click on photos to enlarge). Years ago, I woke up one morning lying on my belly, clutching something in my hand. When I opened my eyes and looked at it, it turned out to be a dead rodent, which Cairo had kindly deposited in the bed with me. Luckily my mother was visiting, so when I screamed, she came rushing in and took care of things. (Again luckily, there was no blood to be seen anywhere.) I vaguely remembered being woken in the night by Cairo running around madly, but I’d been too groggy to pay much attention.

More recently, both Cairo and I spotted a mouse running across the kitchen floor and under the fridge. Cairo then spent the rest of the day standing guard in front of the fridge, hoping the mouse would reappear. I must admit I’m kinda glad that (a) the mouse didn’t reappear and hasn’t been seen or heard from since and (b) Cairo is now too geriatric to be chasing (and killing) mice!

OK, enough about that, on to the giveaway details!

As I mentioned last Friday, Simon's Cat by Simon TofieldHachette has generously offered to send copies of Simon’s Cat by Simon Tofield to five of my readers. The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only (no P.O. boxes). I will accept entries until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Sunday, December 6.

For one entry, post a comment here. Please be sure to provide me with a way of getting in touch with you. Entries without a blog link or email address will be disqualified.

Other ways to earn entries:
+1 if you comment on my review of Simon’s Cat (if you’ve already done so, that counts too)
+1 if you share a crazy cat story of your own
+1 if you are a follower or subscriber

Best of luck!

Thelma in a box
Thelma, keeping an eye on things!

61 comments:

  1. I'd love to be entered! I subscribe in Google Reader. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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  2. I'd love to win. I subscribe in Google Reader too.

    bookbrrower{at}comcast{dot}net

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  3. I would love to win. I love Simon's Cat! I'm a follower. My email is bibliophile at bostonbibliophile dot com. thank you!

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  4. Ruby, Reba, and I would love to have this book!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  5. I commented on your review.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  6. I am a follower.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  7. My cat Ruby has several "toy" mice (not the real kind like yours!). She likes to keep them in the kitchen and then shove them across the smooth floor so they end up under the stove and refrigerator. Then I have to get the yardstick out. Both Ruby and Reba come running and sit and watch while I push them out with the yardstick. The next thing Ruby does is carry them to us in the TV room. We throw them and she fetches them and brings them back several times. Guess she thinks she is a dog!

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  8. Hi! No need to enter me; just wanted to let you know that I blogged about this on Win A Book.

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  9. Please count me in.

    I follow.

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

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  10. Great cat story! I have never woken up with a rodent in my bed from my cat, I guess don't love me that much! lol but I am very familiar with cats love of little critters! Love your kitties names, they're unique and wonderful!

    Thank you for hosting a giveaway of this wonderful book!

    Aimala127@gmail.com

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  11. I am a follower of yours!

    Aimala127@gmail.com

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  12. I commented on your wonderful review of Simon's Cat!

    Aimala127@gmail.com

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  13. My crazy cat story:
    My youngest cat is a black kitten with white paws & accents, Betsy. Betsy is 9 months old. I was in the bathroom one day, cleaning, tidying up. My elbow brushed against the shower curtain a few times. Suddenly, I heard this strange sound and part of the shower curtain shot out of the tub. I pushed it back in and it happened again almost immediately. Betsy was in the tub and thought there was something worth attacking on the other side of the curtain so she attacked several times by throwing her little body, paws first at the shower curtain!
    I dragged my husband into the bathroom and watched while he poked the shower curtain and Betsy threw herself at it from in the tub. LOL!
    It's a little hard to describe but pretty funny if you're there experiencing it!

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  14. Avis, you just described a perfect horror story!!! A dead mouse in your bed!!! I would have died.

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  15. Ewww, what a story!! A rat?! Yikes! Still, I feel sorry for them when they get into the clutches of a bloodthirsty cat!

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  16. I'd love to win a copy of Simon's Cat.

    I follow you with Google Reader.

    No real crazy cat story, but my first cat (when I was a kid) loved to use my bed as a landing pad. She'd start at the end of the hall and gallop along (sounding like a HERD of elephants), launch herself from my bedroom door, and land in the middle of my stomach. I think it was her way of telling me it was time for breakfast.

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  17. i WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS ONE!!!

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  18. +1 I'd love to win this funny book!

    readingatthebeach at gmail dot com

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  19. +1 I commented on your Simon's Cat review

    readingatthebeach at gmail dot com

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  20. +1 I follow and subscribe

    redaingatthebeach at gmail dot com

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  21. +1 My dog has a nub for a tail and everytime my sons cat sees it wagging, she stands up behind her and bats at it with her paws.
    It's hilarious!!

    readingatthebeach at gmail dot com

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  22. Oh my gosh, I would freak out if I woke up with a dead mouse in my hand! Ick!

    That reminds me of when my cats first started going outside (my hubby put up a cat fence for them and a cat door in the house) I was walking along in the hall on my way to the living room when I saw my cat, Trixie, playing with something. I figured it was a bug cause they had started bringing bugs into the house so I flipped the light on and was going to get the bug to take it back outside when I noticed..not a bug but a SNAKE!! I screamed my hubby came running and I had him catch the snake and get it outside. *shudders*

    Anyway, I would love to be entered. :) I'm follower now too.

    sundaisy920 at gmail dot com

    Thanks!!

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  23. Awww...that's so...cute? Not sure that's the right word since it is a dead animal, but I suppose to the kitty it was. So glad my dogs feel no need to do that. The only "crazy" cat story I have as I am more of a dog person, is in regards to a loveable stray we took care of where I use to live (no worries, a different neighbor cares for them now). This poor kitty was so afraid of people, it took a while just to get her to trust us enough to eat the food we left out. Once we got her use to us, she would hang around by the door when we came home. One night, we were taking our one dog (read that as big German Shepherd with a heart of gold) out for a walk and said kitty was outside. Well, instead of running, the little baby started rubbing all around our dogs feet. She being a gentle giant, proceded to nose and sniff her. How's that for an unlikely friendship!

    Thanks!

    grgenius(at)go(dot)com

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  24. Please enter me. I'm a real cat lover, and this one sounds great.

    tbranco(at)hughes (dot)net

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  25. this looks like such a funny book. please enter me.

    girlfrienddesignz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Enjoyed your review. Great pictures! I've seen the book in stores and it's really fun.

    sdeeth at msn dot com

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  27. I use to babysit my sister's cat , Mom, every winter. In the summer, she was a farm cat. She started out a city cat, my sister adopted her when she (the cat) got pregnant - that's how she got her name. Yes, I know, very imaginative :-)

    Anyway, to shorten the story. Mom use to attack my toes when ever she slept with me and she always came when I called. I miss her.

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  28. Please enter me. I so love Simon's Cat! My email is newt at imsa dot edu. Thanks!

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  29. +1 entry I commented on your review. Thanks for writing it; now I want to read the book even more! newt at imsa dot edu

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  30. +1 entry if you think this cat story counts as crazy... the most hilarious thing my cat ever did was to crawl inside a pillowcase (which was on a pillow!) and fall asleep in there. When he woke up he couldn't find his way out again, so he thrashed around like a pillow monster for several minutes. It was hilarious.
    (newt at imsa dot edu)

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  31. I like your cat story about the dead mouse on your bed, and would love to win a copy of Simon's Cat.

    I also am a follower.

    harvee44 at yahoo dot com

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  32. I would love to be entered!

    +1 I am a follower
    +1 I commented on your review =]

    +1 My aunt's cats were desperate to go outside, but they were declawed and couldn't go out by themselves. She bought harnesses so she could walk them, but once she put them on, they flattened themselves right to the floor. She could actually sweep them around the house like that, and they still wouldn't detach themselves from the floor!

    alannakurt at gmail dot com

    Thanks!

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  33. Have to give the kitties their fair share of time! I always had outdoor kitties as the dachshunds always ran the indoors and wouldn't allow them in their territory.

    +1 new follower
    +1 story

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  34. I just saw the Simon's Cat youtube cartoons for the first time last month--we laughed so hard! I'd love to be entered in the contest. Kyflight1(at)hotmail.com

    We have a cat who does a lot of the same things Simon's cat does in the cartoons. She is especially good at stretching herself r-e-a-l-l-y long to take up two seats on the sofa if you get up, then looking cute so you don't want to move her!

    You have a new follower, too. :3

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  35. Such adorable pics of your furry babies!

    This looks fun! Please enter me!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

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  36. I'm a follower.

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

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  37. One of my cats (when he was a kitten) used to sleep in the sleeve of my coat after I took it off and draped it over a chair! I always had to check to see if he was in there before I picked up the coat so I wouldn't dump him out! SO adorable!!

    BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

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  38. I'd love a copy, I've had more than my share of "way out: cats !

    steve (dot) fisk (at) gmail (dot) com

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  39. Loved your cat story, and this book looks like great fun too. Please count me in.

    alongtheway (at) telus (dot) net

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  40. I am a new follower

    alongtheway (at) telus (dot) net

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  41. I love the Simon's Cat videos! LOL. Would love to have the book. :0)

    Thanks!
    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

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  42. I had a cat named Twit when I was a teenager. One day, my mom found a mouse in the bathtub so she put him in to kill it. He played with it and chased it around the tub for awhile and then just jumped out. My mom had to kill it with a broom...she wasn't happy. Next day, Twit goes back to the tub to play with his new toy again. He was very disappointed to find it gone. Guess he never got the memo about the whole hunting thing. Bless him. LOL!

    Thanks!
    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

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  43. I would like to be entered!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. Follower!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. If this had happened to me, I would be having nightmares about it every day!!! How horrifying!

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  46. Would love this book!

    We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/12/simons-cat.html

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  47. We follow!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  48. Hi, I'd love to put my name in for this. This would make a perfect Christmas present for my sil! Email is in my profile.

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  49. I commented on the review of Simons' Cat. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. I just became a follower of your blog. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I think this would be the perfect gift for my husband's aunt...a single woman who is a "cat lady."

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  52. I would love to win this for my aunt who has 2 cats.
    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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  53. I commented on you book review. Thanks!
    Kyflight1(at)hotmail.com

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  54. This looks like a fun book - please enter me
    plb8156@aol.com

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  55. I would love to win this book. I've had cats all my life. My first cat's name was Mitch (named after Mitch Miller because he a a goatee)

    Funny story:
    I remember one time my dad had just gotten done filling the tub with water to take a bath, well anyway, the cat went flying down the hallway and flew right into the tub of water. of course, you couldn't help laughing but then we had to wrap him up in a towle to dry him off.

    Thanks for the chance.

    sharon54220@gmail.com

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  56. I love books about cats; they are wonderful. walkerd@primus.ca

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  57. Please enter me in the contest. I love your cat!!!


    I am a follower

    melissa(at)gingerhigh(dot)com

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  58. I'm owned by two beautiful cats myself. One of which is profiled on my avatar and my blog. She's quite the star. Under these circumstances, I definitely qualify to recieve Simon's Cat. Plus, I'm following you!

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  59. I forgot to provide my contact info. It's the following:
    june (at) writingisablessing dot com

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  60. Anyone who has ever had a cat knows that they are special.
    dsandyboy@gmail.com

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  61. Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway, especially all the folks who shared great cat stories! I will announced the winners in the next couple of days.

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