I agree, it's one of my favorite SF stories, and definitely one of the best first-contact scenarios I've come across. And not to mention the Moties themselves are just awesome. (But I feel like Larry Niven tends to do a pretty good job with his aliens in general haha.)
Seriously? Well color my ignorant I have no idea what book you mean but if that's how it was described well you're friggin spot on dude. Awesome job LOL I guess I got a little egg on my face huh? I should probably read more when/if I get time. Oh and you're welcome the best art always catches my eye and I have to tell folk how I think it is yours was no exception.