How I Became A Cartoon Cat – A Review
Chewy the Cartoon Cat” is one of the cutest pictures I have ever seen. The Cheshire Cat with her long brown hair and the little wrinkles running down her nose look absolutely adorable. What’s more is that the cat in the picture has long brown hair and it almost never stops smiling. That is not hyperbole; it is fact. And I love it when pictures can do that.
The other day, a few years ago my husband gave me this book “Chewy the Cartoon Cat”, a follow-up to his first book, “The Cheshire Cat”. He told me that he got the idea for the comic strip when he was looking at an old comic strip. It had Mickey and Minnie Mouse in it, and he could not figure out why he just loved them so much. He said that he wanted to write a book about the two cartoon characters and since he did not know how, he took a lot of time getting the perfect cartoon cat.
After he wrote the book, he went to an animation convention to give a talk about the book. One of the people who had come to the convention was the head of Nickelodeon Animation, John Waltz. He was impressed by the book and asked my husband to take a look at it. My husband told me that he looked at the book and said, “You can’t tell that they are the same cartoon characters. They look like they are drawn from the same template.”
My answer to that was that he is a cartoon artist, not a writer. My husband told me that he has learned to draw cartoons. A guy who looks like a cartoon cat who has the imagination of a young kid is Mr. W. He drew the cat in about 24 hours.
This reminded me of the story of a young child who tried to draw what he saw on TV. He looked at the pictures for hours and finally got it right. His teacher said that he was a great artist and that he could do more if he only practiced. My answer to that is that he became an excellent cartoon artist and now works with some of the worlds best cartoon artists. When you look at the pictures in “How I Become A Cartoon Cat”, you will see why I say that this book is so valuable.
If you have children who are starting to draw cartoon characters, this is a wonderful book for them. It will keep them interested and they will look forward to drawing all the time. You can even print the book and give it as a gift to other cartoon fans. It is sure to be appreciated. I hope that Mr. Weaver’s new book will entertain you and your children for a long time to come. I am looking forward to reading it!