His Royal Whiskers

In the far-away land of Petrossia, something terrible has happened to the kingdom’s heir, Prince Alexander. It is far worse than kidnapping; far worse than murder! On his sixth birthday, Prince Alexander has somehow been turned into a little fluffy-wuffy kitten. The Czar, Petrossias’ fierce, all-conquering ruler is out forblood. Young Pieter, tallymaster to the kingdom, and Teresa, a kitchen Spice Monkey, have been brewing alchemical potions and are held responsible for the deed as a sinister plot is revealed. They must race against the clock and the Czar’s anger before they lose their heads. And a strange twist of fate doesn’t help matters at all…

Imaginative, inventive and adventurous, Gayton and Cottrill’s new collaboration is a fur-filled , fast-paced fairy-tale. Its word play is peppered with rhyming text, and completely unexpected plot twists give it a magical, dramatic quality that leads the reader on a merry chase. Our heroes are unique and memorable; one agenius who does everything by the numbers and the other, a mad-cap trouble-maker that simply won’t give up. Together, they complement each other perfectly and prove that careful analysis and spontaneity produce a winning combination. The black-and-white illustrations throughout lend atmosphere, setting the scene and propelling the reader along in a whacky story that is sometimes dark, but always hilarious. The ending may be unlikely, but it is satisfying and delightful. For those with a love of fantasy, mayhem, mystery and cats, this is the book for you!