I thought this book was one of those horrid and mean books which depict cats in such a bad light. But no, "Meow Means Me! Now!: A Rhyming Feline Allegory" is a wonderful tribute to a family member who just happens to be feline. Be warned--it's also emotion-grabbing and tear-making!
The picture on the cover is what creates the confusion. It appears to be a cat meant to look ferocious. But look again: it's just an old, tired cat (and certainly not a flattering picture of an old family friend/member).
This book is the story of Hunter: how he came to the family (of two, newlyweds), how he survived two children, his relationship with Grandpa in both their old ages, and, finally, his demise. By the time I reached Hunter's leaving, I was attached to him and cried tears of loss. Having lived with my own dear kitty of 17 years and then losing her, I understand the author's need to document Hunter's life and wish I had done the same for my Marie. However, the reader can get ideas for keeping pictorial records of his/her own kitty friend for posterity.
"Meow Means Me! Now!" is a wonderful gift for a cat lover because it is a sweet tribute to a family member who gives joy and love (and sometimes mischief and misdeeds). Highly recommended.