His Royal Whiskers

Sam Gayton (Author) Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)

Product Details

Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publish Date
November 14, 2017
5.8 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 0.88 pounds

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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.


"Readers with a taste for sly humor, grim events, and (literally) undying loyalty will gobble this up."--Kirkus Reviews "10/1/17 "
"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 "October 2017 "
"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 "November 2017 "
"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 "November 21, 2017 "