53 Graphic Tales & Fun Puns About Cats

illustrated by Allie Kirschner
words and text by Ben Stoltzfus

Hardcover (Full-Color)



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Mississippi said to Missouri, “If I put on my New Jersey, what will Delaware?” Virginia replied, “Alaska.” This wordplay on states’ names as vestments resembles the play and ambiguity in Alliecats, a wonderful collection of fifty-three graphic tales that catenate (link) meaning, sound, and likeness into clever puns.

"Alliecats is an absolutely delightful book." −Juliet Flower MacCannell, Professor Emerita, UC Irvine

Novelist and literary critic BEN STOLTZFUS penned the introduction and assembled the words. His granddaughter (cater-cousin), ALLIE KIRSCHNER, drew the pictures. You will purr with satisfaction as she romps with feline grace, caterwauling from catalog to Catalina, although not without an occasional cataclysm or catastrophe.

The purrposeful puns of Alliecats will amuse as you slide helplessly into a state of muscular rigidity, or catalepsy, while author and artist cater to your funny bone and make you laugh.

Product Details

Format: Hardcover (Full-Color)
Genre: Humor / Wit
Publication Date: 24 Sep 2019
ISBN: 978-1-946358-25-7
Catalogue No.: 39WP-29
Pages: 82
Dimensions: 7 x 10 inches

About the Author

Ben StoltzfusBEN STOLTZFUS is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is a novelist, translator, literary critic, and internationally recognized inter-arts scholar. He has published twelve monographs of literary criticism and received many awards: Fulbright, Camargo, Gradiva, Humanities, Creative Arts, and MLA. He has published six novels and two collections of short stories. His most recent novel, Dumpster, for God’s Sake, is a parody of Loviers City, a town whose motto is “Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness.” He lives in Riverside, California with Judith Palmer, his wife. Allie Kirschner is their granddaughter.

About the Illustrator

Allie KirschnerALLIE KIRSCHNER has enjoyed drawing ever since she can remember. She honed her skills as a visual arts major at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School. Allie matriculated to Greenfield Community College, where she studies visual arts. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her cat Maizy.


"Alliecats is an absolutely delightful book—an amazing visual and verbal pleasure. Its whimsical cats illustrate the incredible number of English words that contain “cat” and should expand the vocabulary of anyone, young or old, who has the joy of reading this unique book. I believe it will become a classic, like the works of Dr. Seuss." −Juliet Flower MacCannell, Professor Emerita, University of California, Irvine

"Ben's graphic pen and Allie's script brush show us that, whether as words or as drawings, puns are purrfect mirrors where reflection is fun and fun is reflection. Welcome to the looking glass of double takes!" −Roch C. Smith Professor Emeritus of French at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Puns by their very nature are subversive whether we like it or not. They undermine expectations and received ideas in favor of fresh associations.

–Ben Stoltzfus


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