*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Title: Once Upon a Sushi Cat: The Mystery and the Magic
Author: Tange and Nakimushi Peanuts
Publisher: Running Press
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sushi cats are an unusual life-form consisting of a cat on top of a portion of sushi rice. But make no mistake, these sushi cats are not for eating. As the story goes, the history of sushi cats is nothing more than the history of mankind itself and they have been known to influence humans since the beginning of time. Once Upon a Sushi Cat takes you on a journey through history describing where sushi cats come from (Sushi Cat Island, of course), and how they’ve traveled around the world on their flying plates spreading joy.
Once Upon a Sushi Cat is a silly, humorous book that provides the reader with the history of sushi cats along with descriptions of the most commonly known sushi cats, and documentation of them out in the “wild.” It is a book that is meant for nothing more than simple pleasure and easy entertainment, which it does provide. What is a sushi cat? Exactly what you’d think. A cat perched atop a portion of sushi rice. It’d certainly make a great gift to the friend who is a lover of cats, sushi, or both. It’s sage observations and overly reverent tone add a level of comedy to the simple concept of this book. The sushi cats themselves each offer slightly stunned or crazed expressions as though they are not sure what to make of their own situations atop the bed of rice. It’s quite amusing.
This is by no means a work of great fiction, but it is a nice light piece of fluff. It’s certainly a fun stocking-stuffer for the holidays, or a good gag gift for a friend’s birthday.