Cat Says Meow (and a giveaway!)

Cat Says Meow by Michael P. Arndt by Michael Arndt (Chronicle Books, 2014)

This book won me over when I saw it last year, and it’s one that is fun to peek into again and again. And how is that the case with something so simple, but so sophisticated? So spare, but so complex? That’s the best truth of design.

Here’s what’s happening. Each spread shows an animal and its sound. And each animal is mostly made up of the letters of that sound.

It’s a fun puzzle to unlock. The portraits are bold and saturated in color, often different than we’d see them in the wild.

But here they are, wild anyway.

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I do love an animal book that goes beyond the usual suspects, don’t you? A mosquito! Not my favorite friend by any means, but he looks good and menacing here.

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This small volume is a perfect primer on both typography and onomatopoeia.

And it’s got killer endpapers.

Cat Says Meow by Michael P. Arndt

A portion of  proceeds from Cat Says Meow goes to support animal rescue organizations, including the ones from where Michael’s dog (Clooney!) and cat (Aiden!) were rescued.

And for more type fun, play this kerning game and see how your eye stacks up to a designer’s. Or this one on letter forms, which is a bezier curve bonanza.

Would you like a signed copy? And these one of a kind bookmarks and vinyl stickers! You do, yes. Leave a comment here or share this post on Twitter before midnight on March 8st, PST. Good luck!

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All images are © 2014 Michael Arndt. Thanks to the artist for sharing them (and an awesome giveaway!) here. And be sure to check out his Instagram if you love all things type, animal, and lovely. It’s a great one!



  • Posted March 3, 2015 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    It’s a letter hunt! My bet is my 3 yr old would spend a lot of time searching for all the letters in the word. In that the letters are somewhat hidden, it’ll really make her work. Cool! Thanks 🙂

  • Suellen Franze
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    I’m in love with the mosquito and the cow! Oh, and the pig!

  • annabelle
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    The end papers would be wonderful as wallpaper on a feature wall or a rug in a children’s library. And those animals would make cute t-shirts for kids. Love it!

  • erin
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    What a fun book!

  • Posted March 3, 2015 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    This looks like a lot of fun! The end papers are gorgeous. It’s getting harder to find cool end papers in new books.

  • Posted March 3, 2015 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    A terrific book for the classroom to combine art and language arts. Will be ordering a copy for my curriculum library. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Erin
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    We would LOVE a signed copy and stickers!!! my 15 month old daughter picked this book out at the library and has been obsessed ever since! I’ve bought five copies to give as gifts for her little friends. This book is just amazing!

  • Jilanne Hoffman
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    OK, so I got 91/100 on the kerning game. I’m sooooo glad I’m not a designer. I’d go crazy and take way too much time trying to make it all look perfect. Better stick with what I know.

    Great book! The animal sound/shapes are brilliant! Flanders noted that this is a good one for art and language arts. Yes!

  • carterhiggins
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    That’s really good, Jilanne! You’ve got a great eye!

  • Rebecca Buerkett
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love this book and my elementary school students do too! So much fun to decipher the animal sounds and treasure hunt the letters with them! I love the comments about wallpaper and Tshirts too! 😉

  • Posted March 3, 2015 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Well, this is my kind of book Carter. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I love unique ABC books!

  • Posted March 3, 2015 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    And, I’m dying to see X for this one!

  • Danielle Heitmuller
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    LOVE those endpapers! So pretty. Also, the typography teacher in me is digging the use of type. Not to mention it helps animals in need! Awesome! 🙂 Lastly, am I the only one thinking, “What does the fox say?”

  • Posted March 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    This is fantastic! Beautiful and engaging artwork.

  • Diana Gibson
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Oh, so simple yet so thoroughly charming! Perfect for little ones from 0-99!!! Can we ever grow too old to love and appreciate books such as this? Love it!

  • Ariel Bernstein
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Such stylish illustrations! That’s wonderful a portion of the proceeds goes towards animal rescue organizations!!

  • Posted March 3, 2015 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    What a cute book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a signed copy.

  • Julie Burchstead
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Now that is an original idea! So much fun!

  • Carol
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Love this book. I recently had a party at my home and brought this book out to show all of the adults. A lot of words like “WOW”, “COOL” and “NEAT” were exchanged. The adults loved it. A very sophisticated yet simple book. CHEERS 🙂

  • Wendy Engelmann
    Posted March 4, 2015 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Love the pictures.

  • Posted March 4, 2015 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Such a great book. Elegant, smart, original and best of all, lots of fun!

  • Sharon
    Posted March 4, 2015 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    I would love a signed copy for our public library.

  • Sheryl Middleton
    Posted March 4, 2015 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I ❤️ this! I would ❤️a signed copy and stickers to share with my students!

  • Lea Anna
    Posted March 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    This book is so creative!

  • Posted March 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    SO CUTE!!! I need this book in my life! Adding it to my list now!

  • Posted March 7, 2015 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful book! Hoping I can win–though I have a feeling I’ll buy it even if I don’t! Thank you for sharing. Tweeting now! 🙂

  • jim
    Posted March 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Nice looking book. Good for the young kids.

  • jim
    Posted March 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Easy for kids to look at and read.

  • Rachel
    Posted March 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    The animals are so beautifully drawn!

  • Posted March 15, 2015 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to everyone for your kind comments! The winner has been determined and will be mailed the giveaway package tomorrow. For those who did not win, please be aware that you will have another chance as I will be doing a giveaway the entire month of April on If you would like to rate and/or give an honest review the book, it is of course always much appreciated, but not required in order to enter. At the end, ten (10) winners will be selected at random by Goodreads and I will mail them signed copies of the book. Good luck! And please consider following us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter—all under the name “animalopoeia”—for fun posts related to animals and typography as well as the occasional book update.

  • Posted March 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I love typography play!! this if fun