The Diabolical Mr Tiddles by Tom McLaughlin

The Diabolical Mr Tiddles

Written by Tom McLaughlin
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How far will Mr Tiddles the cat go to keep his loving master Harry happy? Harry has longed for a cat but, when Mr Tiddles arrives, things begin to get a bit out of hand. Every day he brings Harry something new; it starts with a mouse but soon Harry is waking up to some very generous presents including a train set and a horse. When Harry decides to find the source of the generous gifts he finds himself face to face with the Queen and also discovers just how audacious Mr Tiddles is prepared to be. A rich flight of fancy, this is a delightfully exuberant story.


The Diabolical Mr Tiddles by Tom McLaughlin

Meet Mr Tiddles - he's not your everyday cat. He's a cat with attitude! When Harry gets a cat of his own, he does everything to make Mr Tiddles happy. Mr Tiddles wants to make Harry happy too. He brings him little presents ...the odd expired mouse or two, but when Harry wakes up to find a trainset, priceless works of art, dinosaurs, robots and a horse named Alan in his bedroom, he realizes things are completely out of control!


"An outstanding picture book debut, from a very talented visual storyteller. Tom McLaughlin obviously comes from good stock." Oliver Jeffers, author of Up And Down - and Tom's cousin

“Mr Tiddles is a lovable rascally character. Great fun!” Claire Freedman, author of the Aliens Love Underpants series

About the Author

Tom McLaughlin

Tom McLaughlin studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art, and then before becoming a writer and illustrator he spent 9 years working as political cartoonist for The Western Morning News thinking up silly jokes about even sillier politicians. Then, in 2004 Tom took the plunge into illustrating and writing his own books. He became a freelance illustrator in 2006, and also directed a short animated film, The Girl with the Pink Shoes. He has created a number of animated TV concepts, and worked with an animation studio. He has now branched out into children’s books and The Diabolical Mr Tiddles was the first book he has both illustrated and written the story for. Tom has just published his next book, The Accidental Prime Minister for OUP.

Tom lives in Devon with his wife, two sons and a scruffy cat. His hobbies include drinking tea, looking out of the window, and biscuits. His hates include spiders, running out of biscuits, and writing biographies.

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32 pages


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Publication date

5th January 2012




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