This book is different to the average cat book. Firstly there are more Forewords than I have ever seen within just one book. There are lots of photos, plus illustrations; and the text is punctuated with Cat Facts and copies of newspaper articles featuring Smokey. The main difference though is that whereas other cat books I have read tell the cat's story through the voice of the owner, in this one Smokey tells his own story.
Smokey's tale isn't the most exciting you'll ever read but it's a sweet story, and once you get used to hearing it through Smokey's own words it becomes quite endearing. Cat owners will definitely relate to Smokey's views and his interpretation of his owner's actions.
Personally I would have preferred more focus to be placed on Smokey's true life story as opposed to his seven fictional past lives.
In addition to the feline theme of this book, in reading it you will also read about Guinness World Records and the science of sound, which I found quite interesting.
In all in, a refreshing change from the 'usual' cat books out there.
Title: Smokey The Very Loud Purring Cat
Author: Smokey and Ruth Adams