Thaddeus F. Whiskers is a pampered palace pet, a kitten enchanted to never become a cat. Princess Clarice loves him, for in the entire kingdom, there is no other kitten as cute or as clever. He leads a life of cushions and cream until a wizard’s “gift” results in his banishment. Determined to make it back to the princess he loves, he escapes into the wilderness where he discovers the lair of a dragon.
Grandious, the dragon, doesn’t care about anything besides himself. He wants to be left alone with his treasure. However, there is something about Thaddeus that has him entranced. He finds himself opening his home and his heart to the little cat.
Thaddeus is a small creature in a big world. Between him and his beloved Princess stand conniving wizards, would-be-step-mothers, and rampaging rats. However, when danger threatens both Clarice and Grandious, Thaddeus won’t allow his size to get in the way of saving his friends.
“This is a delightful read, for cat lovers, dragon lovers, and fairy tale enthusiasts of all ages. It would make a great read-aloud story for families to share together!”
“I loved the original twists and candid humor. Burke’s timing is spot on. Kids from ten to a hundred will enjoy this tale. It should become an instant classic.”
Author note: I have another series about dragons (for adults), and also a reputation for being somewhat of a crazy-cat-lady, so a friend emailed me a picture of a cat rubbing against a dragon statue. It looked like the stone dragon was petting the cat. We joked for a while about whether the cat would own the dragon or the dragon would own the cat, then I scratched out a quick story about a cat who lived with a dragon. I read it to my daughter, and she announced, “It’s too short. I like chapter books now.” So I took that as a challenge (or an order…it’s hard to tell with my daughters. They can be really bossy).