Denis O'Connor; illustrated by Richard Morris
Thomas Dunne Books
A snowy January night. A cat that beat the odds. A man whose life would be forever changed. This is the remarkable story of Toby Jug, the extraordinary cat who thought he was human.
Paw Prints in the Moonlight is the truly special tale of one kind man and the cat that changed his life. Set in the rural splendor of Northumberland, England, this heartwarming and classic book will be cherished by people of all ages.
When Denis O'Connor rescues a three-week-old kitten from certain death during a snowstorm, little does he know how this tiny creature will change his life forever. Against all odds the kitten—whom he names Toby Jug—survives and turns out to be a wondrous Maine Coon Cat extraordinaire. Life with Toby is never dull, and Denis and Toby embark on a series of sometimes comical, sometimes poignant adventures that bring them ever closer together. From the massive invasion of bees at Owl Cottage to the mysterious case of the disappearing tomatoes, Denis and Toby form an extraordinary bond, and the cat that no one thought would live through the night ends up altering the lives of everyone he meets.
With spectacular watercolor illustrations depicting Toby’s many hijinks, this timeless story about the power of pets will captivate readers of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, and Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love.
Praise for Paw Prints in the Moonlight
"Touching... Both a wonderful cat story and a portrait of rural England that will satisfy everyone who is or was a fan of All Creatures Great and Small. His charming book belongs on every cat lover's reading list."
--Margaret and Michael Korda, authors of Cat People
"If you've ever had a deep bond with a cat, you must read this book. If you've never had a deep bond with a cat, you must read this book.. Heart-warming."
--Carole Nelson Douglas, author of Cat in a White Tie and Tails
“Cat lovers are sure to enjoy this charming story. I know I did.”
--Sheila Roberts, author of The Nine Lives of Christmas
"Will tug at your heart and paw at your soul. Toby Jug and Denis share a love that is otherworldly and yet so close to home.
--Fmr. Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván, author of New York Times bestseller Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him
“Entering O’Connor’s world at Owl cottage is like stepping into a crystal snowball. Magic happens. A must read for anyone with passion for cats and nature.”
--Helen Brown, author of Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family
“Toby Jug is irresistible…Sweet and compelling…a tale as comfy as a visit by the fire at a cozy English cottage, a sleeping cat in your lap.”
--Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig
"Set amongst the beauty of the English countryside, proving that dogs are not man’s only best friend."
--Pen Farthing, author of One Dog at a Time