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His Royal Whiskers

Sam Gayton, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)


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Paperback (11/13/2018)


A young alchemist and a giant cat stage a meow-tiny to take down an evil czar in this charming middle grade adventure.

Something bad has happened to Prince Alexander, the only heir to the mighty Petrossian Empire.

Something worse than kidnapping.

Something worse than murder.

Somehow, the Prince has been miraculously transformed into a fluffy kitten—and a large one, at that. Giant, in fact. Dinosaur-sized.

Why has this terrible catastrophe happened? Who are the boy and girl brewing secret potions down in the palace kitchens? And how are they possibly going to avoid getting their heads chopped off?

Praise For His Royal Whiskers

"Readers with a taste for sly humor, grim events, and (literally) undying loyalty will gobble this up."
— Kirkus Reviews

"Gayton...spices his sprawling narrative with puns, invented words, fairy tale allusions, and tongue-in-cheek footnotes that make for funny and high-energy reading. Yet this fantasy remains firmly grounded in meaningful messages about identity, loyalty, and friendship."
— Publisher's Weekly

"Puns, wordplay, and footnotes keep readers on their toes. ..Funny and a little bit creepy, this is a solid addition to any upper elementary or middle grade collection."
— School Library Journal

"Terry Pratchett meets Roald Dahl in this textured, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale....the twists and turns will keep the pages flipping. Kids who love riotous fantasy will get a kick out of this."
— Booklist

Margaret K. McElderry Books, 9781481490900, 320pp.

Publication Date: November 14, 2017

About the Author

Sam Gayton grew up in Kent with a cat called Archibald, a dog called Ruby, a bunch of humans, and a ghost called Kevin. He spent his days playing with Lego, and making comics with his friend Loo Loo. Nowadays, Sam still loves Lego and comics. But he also loves drinking tea (milk, no sugar), eating pizza (pepperoni, extra cheese), and wondering how long he would survive a zombie apocalypse (probably about fourteen minutes).

Sydney Hanson is the illustrator of Construction Cat. She was raised in Minnesota alongside numerous pets and brothers. When she wasn’t tunneling through snowdrifts or rescuing frogs from rain gutters, she was drawing. Her illustrations and paintings still reflect these early adventures and are marked by a love for animals and the natural world. She lives in Los Angeles where she’s worked for several animation shops. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time outside with her adopted brother, a Labrador retriever named Cash.