November 2017 Debut of the Month
In a nutshell: the night-time escapades of a pair of adventurous cats
Inspired by his own cats, one of which is almost totally blind, Dermot O’Leary has indulged in some ‘what if’ imagining and dreamed up a rather wonderful world of adventures for them. On their first night in London, Toto and Silver make friends with the gregarious Catface, who promises to show them the town. Riding round the city on the Animal Tube they have a brilliant time, ending up in London Zoo where they become involved in the attempt to recapture an escaped Boa Constrictor, at which point Toto’s ninja skills really come into their own. Young readers will lap up this lively, funny story and Toto and Silver – particularly as depicted in Nick East’s illustrations – are charismatic characters. ~ Andrea Reece
Dermot says: 'The idea for Toto first came to me when my wife and I rescued two stray cats from an olive grove in Italy. One of them, Toto, has been blind from birth, but we quickly realised she had ninja-like reactions. Like a lot of cat owners (or cat servants), we like to imagine our pets having secret lives when we're out or asleep. So before I knew it I was writing about Toto and her brother Silver's nocturnal adventures around London. I really hope that children who pick it up enjoy reading the adventures of our little Italian underdog (cat).'