Publisher: Viz Media
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
WHERE AM I MEOW? Is another adorable book for fans of Neko Atsume. This time, instead of reading kitty poetry, fans of the game are taken on a Where’s Waldo? Journey among other activities. Each page has an environment familiar to players of Neko Atsume, but instead of sitting around watching your canned food attract kitties, you need to sift through piles of cats to find the one you’re looking for. Unlike other search and find books, each location has a different target. You’ll have to find a specific cat who is blending in with cats of the same color or clothing, with just a small detail separating him from the rest.
As I worked my way through WHERE AM I MEOW? I notcied that each challenge increased in difficulty. This was hardly noticeable at first, but after a certain point the cats were just too similar to distinguish. It’s also possible, as an adult, I’ve lost a childish creativity that would allow children to have more success than I did. I certainly hope that is the case, since this book is likely to be the victim of a temper tantrum at some point.
In the back is an answer key and a collection of stickers. The stickers could technically be used anywhere you want, but the book has its own suggestions for their use. You’re supposed to use the kitty stickers for the scenes that need cats – essentially playing a paper version of Neko Atsume if you choose. I personally opted not to use the stickers at all, although I might one day stick them on a laptop or refrigerator. Children might actually follow the directions and use them throughout the book where indicated. Additionally, you get to learn about each kitty with the included kitty dictionary printed right inside. As I mentioned in my review of the previous book by Hit Point, this is a great way to learn more about the cats you didn’t collect yet.
This is a cute book in a gift-sized packaging that will be a popular with younger fans of the mobile game. As an adult I think this book is incredibly cute, but beyond my initial browse I don’t see a reason to return to it. That might be the real tragedy of getting older – I still like the cute games but I’m not so committed to spending my time on activity books.
I think this would be a great gift for kids or a stocking stuffer for Christmas later this year. Is it too early to think about holiday shopping?
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