Remember that nursery rhyme? “Rub a dub, dub…..three men in a tub…..” ???
Well the “tub” I’m about to talk about is far from that kind of tub – it’s a beautiful and wonderful home afloat for one of my best buddies and his two devoted humans. Who’s the buddy? Why it’s Bailey Boat Cat who has one of the most fun and interesting cat blogs we follow. But he’s not just a pretty face – he’s also a published author and Mom and I just read his book for the THIRD time! Three times? Well that’s how good it is – you want to go back and read it over and over because it’s full of fun.
From the first page to the last you learn about what it’s like to live on board a sailboat from Bailey’s perspective – and surprisingly we learn that there are a lot of cats (and dogs) who live full-time on boats like he does. Lucky them! Bailey and his humans recently started living full-time together as a family on board Nocturne, their lovely boat – you’ll see lots of great interior and exterior shots of Nocturne in the book – and get to explore all the hiding spots, cubbyholes and interesting napping places aboard Nocturne thanks to all the photos in the book.
Bailey talks about safety and what’s important to have aboard in case of emergencies……….in fact you can see how Bailey handled his OWN emergency when he learned (accidentally) that he could swim! His parents cleverly crafted a rope ladder for him which probably (knowing Bailey) will be well used in the future since he loves adventure.
The book is wonderful for people of all ages to read and learn from – certainly anyone who has a boat or is lucky enough to live aboard a boat – particularly if they have a pet. Children will love Bailey’s adventures and hearing about his life and “rules of the water”……..the book is full of beautiful photographs, cat wisdom, fun and charm and you definitely WILL want to keep it handy for a smile or two when you need it.
I had the occasion to share the book with our next door neighbors recently at a July 4th cookout. They have two little boys aged seven and nine and the whole family enjoyed the book cover to cover.
I’m ever so proud to know Bailey and his parents – they are truly “living the dream” and having the life many of us would love to have……….sailing into the sunset to see the world one adventure at a time. We do hope Bailey has more books coming and wish his “Mom” Louise Kennedy much luck in all her writing endeavors in the future – she definitely has “the gift” of writing – this book will be treasured in this household always.
If you’d like to pre-order the book (which will be released in hard cover September 2 in the USA), just CLICK HERE . It’s also available on Kindle. One thing is for sure – we can guarantee you will be glad you did……….