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What do our pets do when they're not with us? Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton used GPS, cat cameras, psychics, and the web to track the adventures of their beloved cat Tibia

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Caroline Paul is the acclaimed author of two books. Her first was Fighting Fire, the story of her thirteen-year career as a firefighter in San Francisco, and her second was the novel Paul's East Wind, Rain. Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator whose work has appeared in national publications including the New York Times. She is the creator of the popular Meanwhile column in Rumpus magazine. They live together in San Francisco.


A compelling behind-the-scenes story ... immediate and real * San Francisco Chronicle on Fighting Fire *
A beautiful little book ... Caroline Paul knows the joke is on her and that it's a very good joke. She writes with real wit and a keen eye for life's absurdity. Wendy McNaughton's droll illustrations are delightful * Daily Mail *
Wonderful * Lady *
A beautifully quirky new book * Independent *

The self-deprecating author's note sets the stage for this hilarious, and moving, account of Paul's relationship with her two cats. In the note, the 40-ish Paul (East Wind) qualifies the accuracy of her story by noting that she was on painkillers for some of the time (while recovering from a plane crash) and asking the reader to also take into account "normal confusion for people our age." The author's note is followed by a New Yorker-like map of San Francisco, as seen by a cat, divided into areas of Fear, Large Threat, Total Death, Other Cat, Food? and Home. Her experiences with Fibby and Tibby (full names Fibula and Tibia) range from farce, as she attempts to track Tibia's travels out of the home by means of a GPS device, to tragedy. The humor of the opening continues throughout, augmented by diagrams such as one of an animal shelter volunteer, with an arrow pointing to the woman's "kind, crazy eyes." Even non-cat lovers will find this an engaging read, charmingly illustrated by Paul's partner, McNaughton, as Paul easily makes her strong emotions for her pets accessible and universal. Illus. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Paul (Fighting Fire) survived a plane crash and was slowly recovering at home with her beloved cats, Tibby and Fibby, and her partner, illustrator MacNaughton. Several weeks later Tibby, an anxious, shy cat, disappeared. Frantic, Paul consulted a pet psychic and a pet detective with no success. Weeks later, Tibby waltzed back into their lives with a newly confident demeanor. Paul and MacNaughton wondered where he had been, whether he'd been on the move or had been spending time with another family. Determined to find out more about Tibby's travels, they began what they called "Operation Chasing Tibby" using GPS technology, cat cameras, and flyers. Their search eventually led to an answer, and in the process the couple learned more about their neighbors and neighborhood. Paul's droll narrative combined with MacNaughton's playful illustrations make for an entertaining read. -VERDICT This unusual title is recommended for large public libraries with extensive collections of cat titles.-Eva Lautemann, formerly with Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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