Get the scoop on three cat books we’re loving right now.
Brooklyn-based artist Dean Russo is one of the biggest names in the pop art world, known for his signature pet portraits and his vibrant graphic style. This beautiful retrospective is organized in chronological order and spans his entire career to date — from early drawn cartoon characters to his iconic celebrity portraits, animal welfare activism and his new series that portrays wildlife on the verge of extinction. The book includes an introduction by Dean himself, along with commentary on his style developments over the years. Published by CompanionHouse Books.
If you’re into fashion and animal prints, you’ll love this bold and fascinating chronicle of one of the world’s most beloved patterns — leopard print. In nature, big cats’ distinctive markings serve as camouflage, helping them to blend into their surroundings. But for humans, these gorgeous patterns are meant to be noticed. Author Jo Weldon traces the history of leopard print from its beginnings as a textile to its use as a royal status symbol. Featuring gorgeous full-color illustrations, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind book. Published by Harper Design.
A new twist on the old paint-by-number kits, this crafting activity book results in 12 full-color portraits of fabulous felines. It’s simple: Just find the sticker, peel it, and place it in the right numbered space. And piece by piece, these beautiful cats will come to life. When this book first landed on my desk, I thought it might be a little overwhelming. But I gave one of the portraits a try and actually found it very relaxing — and really fun! Published by Workman Publishing.
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