Author: Jennifer Gray, 2013. Illustrations by Mark Ecob.
Genre: Children Book. Fantasy.
Other Details: Paperback. 220 pages.
Atticus Grammatticus Cattypuss Claw, the world's greatest REFORMED cat burglar, is back! This time, the tabby with talent is on the right side of the law. And when Jimmy Magpie and his gang are busted out of jail by a mysterious villain and an evil cat called Ginger Biscuit, Atticus knows from bitter experience he's going to need all his skill and courage to catch them. Can Atticus overcome his murky past with the help of the Cheddar family in order to prevent the biggest crime in history AND settle a score of his own? - synopsis from UK publisher's website.
As indicated by the cover art the Tower of London features in this adventure for Atticus. There is also a cameo by HMtQ and the royal corgis.
I've been reading some quite heavy books recently and combined with writing for NaNoWriMo I needed a bit of a break. This provided the perfect respite. As with the first book in the series, Atticus Claw Breaks the Claw this was an old fashioned charming fantasy written for children but with a broader appeal, especially for cat lovers.
I had to laugh when Atticus was described as a "pampered pussycat pet" by his nemesis Ginger Biscuit. It really sums up my adopted cat, who has now lost all his street smarts in favour of being a pampered pussycat pet.
My only concern about the book was that Ginger Biscuit, who is repeatedly described as being ginger, is shown in the book's illustrations as a black cat. Not fair! Black cats have enough bad press over the years and in this case it was a ginger cat who was the baddie.