Purr-sistence pays off in The Tale of the Tailless Cat, a mythical fantasy with big messages about friendship meant to bolster confidence and self-esteem in young people. When Michael and Mandy come across a cat named Toby, a few things strike them as odd. First, he's three-feet tall; second, he gets around by being carried in the mouth of a rather large dog, and he has tail-but then, ne of the cats from Toby's world have tails. Regrettably many, many years ago an evil warlord stole all the cattails and locked them in a safe in the middle of town as a threat for them to obey. After a coup, the new king proclaimed that whoever finds the key to unlock the cattails will rule the land. While legend has it that a 'furless one' will find the key, Toby hasn't given up hope. A ferocious competitor against a rather rambunctious and mean-spirited group of hooligans kwn as the Thievers, he is able to get the upper hand only to have the Thievers resort to kidnapping. Holding Mandy ransom for the key, it will take will take a joint effort of both Michael and his new feline friend to free Mandy and save the world.
Freelance writer, journalist and poet Laney Laube Hoover was an educator for 22 years, eight of which were spent teaching students with special needs. She and her husband have two daughters and live in San Diego, California, with four cats, three dogs, two rabbits, two guinea pigs and a leopard gecko. She is the author of The Three Little Kits and the Big, Bad Beast. Illustrator Sheena Dowling is a student at San Diego State University. While studying art there, she has been a well-loved Leader in the ESS Program at Maryland Avenue Elementary School in La Mesa, California for several years.