DOWNTON TABBY by Chris Kelly is a parody of the beloved
television series Downton Abbey. DOWNTON TABBY replaces the
human cast with various breeds of cats, appropriately chosen
based on their personality and status, drawing humorous
parallels between gentry and the royals of the animal
kingdom. DOWNTON TABBY follows Downton Abbey's time
line with it's version of events humorously adjusted to fit
the lives of the Clowders, the cats in charge of the estate.
I don't think it would be appropriate to say that the
Crawley sisters go into heat, but heat is quite normal for
DOWNTON TABBY is a slim guide to uppercat life full of
cleverly manipulated photographs paired with quotes by
famous names, lovely drawings, short anecdotes, and much
more. Some of my favorite parts of DOWNTON TABBY are the
portraits of the family and staff, the uninvited but
necessary words from the dowager, and the language of the
Chris Kelly has adapted the high society etiquette of humans
for cats purrfectly, and obviously inspires me to be punny.
Fans of the series will recognize such rules of
etiquette and will be highly amused by Chris Kelly's
The only downside of DOWNTON TABBY is that it ends in a
rushed way. One can only hope that there is a volume two in
the works, but if one knows cats, then one knows that they
do things in their own sweet time.
Here, the aristocrats of the animal kingdom dwell in stately
splendor, sleeping, grooming, sleeping some more, and being
fed by their downstairs cats, unaware that their way of
life—providing work for others—is about to be swept away by
the tides of history . . . and runaway cars.
The fur will fly.
This humorous parody provides essential information for
preserving their Golden Age, including How to Keep a Secret
at Downton Tabby, How to Argue with Lord Grimalkin About His
Most Deeply Held Beliefs, and some Uninvited but Necessary
Words from the Dowager.