Mini Review: How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You

Cat comics from the guy behind The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman. | A book review by Newbery and Beyond

If your cat is kneading you, that’s not a sign of affection. Your cat is actually checking your internal organs for weakness. If your cat brings you a dead animal, this isn’t a gift. It’s a warning. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You is a hilarious, brilliant offering of cat comics, facts, and instructional guides from the creative wonderland at

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You presents fan favorites, such as “Cat vs. Internet,” “How to Pet a Kitty,” and “The Bobcats,” plus 17 brand-new, never-before-seen cat jokes. (Summary via

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal wrote this hilarious book in the same comic style as his website, so if you like The Oatmeal’s usual comics, you’ll probably enjoy this book. The comics are funny and often irreverent, and they’re pretty relatable if you’ve ever owned a cat, or known someone who owns a cat. I mostly enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but on the whole I found it pretty forgettable. If you really want a laugh-out-loud funny book full of comics (and based on a hilarious blog), check out Hyperbole and a Half instead.

Rating: Good but Forgettable

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