HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CAT by Ryosuke Handa


tvm6ga4xlss500The first time the author discovered cat language was 20 years ago on a small island in the Aegean Sea. He lived on this island for five years without doing any work. He was a totally lonely foreigner without any acquaintance on the island. He was just being lazy, fishing at the harbor. There were lots of cats on the island. One day, when he caught a tiny fish, a cat came up close to him and said “Hello, you are quite a new face here, aren’t you?”  The author got quite a shock, realising that he’d understood what the cat had said. He couldn’t believe that he could understand cat language. But truly he could! Then, the cat spoke again, asking him “Would you give me the small fish?“  Since then, the author stepped into the wonderful world of cat language!

This kind of miracle experience might happen to anyone. For example, someone living in a foreign country alone, surrounded by a foreign language everyday. Someday a miracle might occur when he could suddenly comprehend the language. So why not the cat language for the author!

Since this event, the author came across many cats in Paris, London, Istanbul and Crete, and he learned more about cat language from them all. He was able to gather 600 cat sentences from more than 30 countries’ cats in the last 20 years.

The basics of communicating in cat language are:

Don’t talk to cats in a loud voice.

Don’t talk to cats for longer than 15 seconds.

Don’t talk to cats about dogs.

Don’t talk to cats about money.

Bring their favorite food with you!

KEY SALES POINTS

• Light-hearted quirky workbook on the secret world of cat language!

• Humorous illustrations

• Unique ‘one stroke’ drawings of cats

TARGET AUDIENCE

General readers who love humor and cats

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ryosuke Handa Born 1954 in Kyoto, Japan. Writer, graphic artist and translator, now located in Tokyo. He grew up in the northern countryside of Kyoto surrounded by beautiful nature and goats, cows and chickens. After working as a freelance editor, Ryosuke started writing and drawing in 1986, recently creating humorous and poetic picture books with his original technique illustrations. As a print artist, he has published more than 40 titles of fantasy and non-fiction covering broad fields such as cats, dogs, photographic art, mathematic puzzles and eroticism. His first English book, “The Kittens of Boxville”, was published in March 2009 by Chronicle Books: http://www.chroniclebooks.com/index/main,book-info/store,books/products_id,7874/

SAMPLE TEXT

Lesson 1  “Is It Edible?”

Situation: Indoors

Cat:  Nyanih  Nyan Minyahnya?

Man: Myahmonyah Myanahnya

(Note: Myahmonyah: Very Sorry)

English Translation:

Cat:  Is the fish inside the computer edible?

Man:  I’m very sorry, but it’s not.

Analysis:

“I’m very sorry” (Myahmonyah) is very important in this skit. Put stress and emotion on this. When you speak “but it’s not” (Myanahnya) , it will be more effective communication if you add some gestures  like  nodding no. Cat’s biggest everyday concern is “edible or not edible”. This is the most basic and practical sentence for cat language. Must remember this first!

DATA

TITLE: HOW TO TALK YOUR CAT

ORIGINAL JAPANESE TITLE: A Cat Language Workbook

AUTHOR: Ryosuke Handa

TRANSLATOR: to be confirmed

SUBJECT CATEGORY: Illustrated humor Book

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: 2007

RIGHTS AVAILABLE: Worldwide Publishing Rights, excl. Japan

ORIGINAL FORMAT:18.4 x 13 x 1.4 cm / Paperback

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