Furry Logic

Title: Furry Logic, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges
Author & Illustrator: Jane Seabrook
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
ISBN: 978-1-60774-716-1

“The anniversary book is the ninth in the series and a chance for me to reflect on how it began – with some of the first paintings that appear in this book – and grew to a collection that is now several hundred in number and that has found homes all around the world!” Seabrook pens at the conclusion of her book, Furry Logic, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Guide to Life’s Little Challenges.

At ninety-six pages, this six-by-six inch small hardbound targets those who enjoy whimsical animal drawings with silly sayings that often have an undercurrent of truth and meaning. With no scary or violent scenes, children to adults can enjoy the fanciful artwork and quotes.

As per the Artist’s Notes, the ten-year assortment of fun and odd animals are done in watercolor, mostly with fine details of feathers, fur, and emotional expressions. With designs usually on the left side of the page, there is simple, easy-to-read black or white wording against colored backgrounds on the right side of the page.

Not only are the illustrations interesting and captivating with bulging, expressive eyes that mock, stare, or twinkle with glee, the sayings add depth to the creations. Whether making fun of oneself, reminding to be on good behavior, or emitting sheer joy and happiness, the drawn animals speak for themselves without the quotes.

Take the wise owl peeking out of a tree hole with that lazy, “leave me alone” look who reminds us to “Smile first thing in the morning” with the words “Get it over with” added later. Or the single penguin wishing to “Always remember you are unique,” but when the page is turned and there is a small army of penguins walking in the snow, the words “just like everyone else” are written along the bottom.

Here are some other quick notes to ponder, sometimes gleaned from other sources acknowledged at the end of the book:
Be yourself. Nobody is better qualified.
No one is listening until you make a mistake.
You don’t have to agree with me, but it’s quicker.
I don’t repeat gossip. So listen carefully.
The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.

Although simplistic in format, this book would make a nice gift to cheer someone up or be on a guestroom table, especially those that enjoy quirky animals or charming sayings.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

This review will be posted on Blogging for Books and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Godinterest, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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