So we went to Goodwill yesterday...

@ElicBxn (60895)
United States
February 23, 2009 8:22am CST
and I picked a cute little book. I think I've seen it before, its by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and called The Grand Escape. Its book 1 of a 4 series about cats called "The Cat Pack." It was very cute and the illos, by Alan Daniel were GREAT! so I went on my favorite book site - no, not Amazon, and found the other 3 books. Its a story about 2 brother cats, Marco and Polo, grey tabbies, who have been house cats but escape and their adventures. Now, I used to have a flame point snowshoe named Marco Polo so having 2 cats with the names... well, I kept wanting to put my Marco in that Marco's paws, but my Marco wasn't as smart as this Marco. in fact, my Marco had a bad ticker and died from it, but it was nice to see a Marco who was the hero.
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@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Sounds like a good haul. I think you would like my book, Cat-House Sonnets, 100 poems celebrating cats. It won the Muse Medallion from Cat Writers Association. You can check it out at my publisher's website http://www.jorlanpublishing.com/Cat-HouseSonnets.htm But if you want an autographed copy, let me know. My book doesn't have illustrations; it paints the pictures with words. Many cat folks have raved about it.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
23 Feb 09
mcat, That's another book that I would like to add to my collection. I'm going to see if my local library can get a copy, if they already don't have it, to read through it. I know that anyone here in my family would like to read it as well. What a great way to tell my future grandchildren about cats, through poetry! DCMerkle
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
23 Feb 09
mcat, You might want to see what you can do to get your book listed on the site that I was telling Elic about. fantasticfiction.com is where I go to when I am looking to see what my favorite author has done in the past and what is due out. Some of the authors have links to their websites there also. Just a thought. DCMerkle
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@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I don't think my book would fit on that site as it isn't really fiction. You won't find it in the library either. If you want to read parts of it, go to Amazon and look up Cat-House Sonnets. They have "search inside the book" that will give you a chance to see the various poems. Many of my readers have read it to children or given it to them as gifts.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Elic, That sounds like the kind of books that I would like to add to the collection of books that I am collecting for my future grandkids. I plan on reading to them a lot. Your Marco was can be anythng you want him to be and having that story about the two cats is a nice way to remember him DCMerkle
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Elic, This is my favorite site to go to when I am looking for a book by my favorite author. I can always find out what book is due out. I looked up Naylor and found all the books that she has written. The "Great Escape books were listed with all her other books. I can't paste yet, but go to fantasticbooks.com and take a look around. DCMerkle
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
23 Feb 09
That should be fantasticfiction.com
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I went thru Alibris for the books, got a good deal on them. I loved Marco, he was handsome, sweet, soft, but really rather dumb. He raised Scamp, who is my black half Siamese. I miss Marco, but really he got to 9 before his bad heart betrayed him.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
24 Feb 09
It is amazing what good books you can find at goodwill sometimes. I love to root through the books and pick out ones that look interesting.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Feb 09
my roomie goes for the cds & lps
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@Darkwing (21588)
24 Feb 09
You seem to have found yourself a good little bargain and a pleasant set of books at the same time my friend. Very coincidental the names, don't you think? Perhaps you were "meant" to find that book for some reason... who knows. Brightest Blessings.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Feb 09
maybe - I remember taking him to the vet the first time and they wanted to know how he got his name, was it for the explorer or the pool game... I told them I had no idea what pool game they were talking about - of course he was named for the explorer.
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@Darkwing (21588)
25 Feb 09
Water Polo is a ball game played in a swimming pool... I think that's probably what he meant, my friend. It's a bit like a cross between handball and soccer. lol. When I first read it, I took it to mean the pool you play with cues, on a table. lol.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
30 Dec 09
actually "Marco Polo" in the pool, one person closes their eyes and says "Marco" and the other people say "Polo" and then they try to keep from being touched by the person who isn't looking... I've seen people in stores going "Marco" to find their friends...
• India
25 Feb 09
interesting can i ask a question is it a good book to give it as a gift to a 11yr old? happy lottin and have a nice day
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
25 Feb 09
if he or she loves cats, then YES!
• India
27 Feb 09
:) yaya!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
23 Feb 09
That's really, really cute that your cat's name was in a story. It's neat that the first one was at good will and you could find the rest. I started a story about The Alchemist that I found at a book sale (like a garage sale only books as opposed to a library book sale) and the ending left everything up in the air. I didn't know it was a trilogy until the end. Will read the back as well as the front covers from now on. Just aid in her or his, I forget which, next book find out what happened to and a list of characters. So I've never found the rest. But sounds like you had fun with those books.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
23 Feb 09
if you could remember the writer's name, you might be able to find the books at Alibris
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
24 Feb 09
I don't know where I put the book now, but if I see it again, I will try that site. Thanks and take care
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@BarBaraPrz (20792)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
23 Feb 09
How nice. I'll have to keep an eye out for them. I, too, collect books about cats. =^..^=
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
23 Feb 09
maybe you can get them as inexpensively as I have
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@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
23 Feb 09
You might like an autographed copy of Cat-House Sonnets, 100 poems celebrating cats, too. Check it out at my publisher's link below and contact me if you'd like an autographed copy.
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@bunnybon7 (37447)
• Holiday, Florida
24 Feb 09
i love cat books also and many others thats one of my collection problems. i also have a book called catapedia that i contributed a story about my cat i had years ago so i definately have 2 copies of that. i had 3 but just sent one to daughter concidering im being forced to cut down my collections.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Feb 09
I do love cats and cat books, and was so pleased to find such a cute book for so cheap!
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
24 Feb 09
I'll have to look these books up...never heard of them quite frankly but I'm all for books about kitties...uh, wonder why? A great series you might want to get into are the "Warriors" series...I haven't read them all as there are a lot...Erin Hunter (not really one author but two)--started a new series but with bears. The official Warriors website is here. {Warning: NOT a referral link but a link to the Book Website} http://www.warriorcats.com/warriorshell.html
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Feb 09
I bought a bunch and never could find the time to read them.
@raydene (9874)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Hello Doll They sound like cute books.. I wish we had a goodwill nearby Even the nearest salvation army store is an hour's drive away xoxoxoxoxo
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Feb 09
well, I guess that's the joy of living in a large city like we do. We have 3 we can get to easily.
24 Feb 09
Hi Elic, that book sound wonderful, I haven't bought any books lately but I once bought a book called the Cat Whisperer, its all about understanding cats and how the act and how to understand what they are saying to you, its a grea book. Tamara
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Feb 09
I've already been told I understand them pretty well, in fact, one of my vets says she doesn't even know why she questions me when I say what I think is wrong with the cats, because I've had so many
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
23 Feb 09
my favorite kitty in a book was puss n boots, he was a childhood favorite. I think all the cats I had are heroes in their own right. Some may not have been too bright but still they were my heroes.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Feb 09
I can't say I had a favorite cat in a book as a child, I guess because I had a couple when I was little and always wanted another one. My parents decided to get a dog because the cats kept getting hit by cars.
@GardenGerty (102595)
• United States
12 Apr 09
It is fun to find books that relate to our real life. Marco Polo sounds like a beautiful cat. The book sounds very entertaining.
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@ossan1 (97)
• Indonesia
24 Feb 09
many person on west country have pet like a dog or cat but on my country, this animal run wild. sometimes make a food from this.
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