Kitty Humbug's Christmas Tail
Written by Diana Madaras
Illustrated by Diana Madaras and Ric Nielsen
24 pages plus covers
14 Full color illustrations
10" x 8" hard cover book
Share the heartwarming tale of two cats faced with the daunting task of saving Christmas. This hard cover edition is sure to become a Christmas classic.
Inspired by two real life cats, the heartwarming story unfolds after Santa is injured on Christmas Eve and the reindeer take him to the only place they know to get help — the veterinary hospital. A grouchy old cat named Kitty Humbug answers the door and refuses to help Santa. Follow the drama that entails and what ultimately melts the hard heart of this "lion-poodle-cat" who eventually saves Christmas.
Part of the proceeds from all Kitty Humbug products will benefit animals in need.
On Christmas Eve, Santa guided his reindeer across the night sky, pulling a sleigh full of presents for the children of the world. The packages were wrapped in beautiful paper of every color—silver and green and gold and blue—each tied with a pretty red ribbon on top. Santa's path was lit by one trillion bright stars twinkling in the night. But one star just above the sleigh kept getting bigger and bigger and brighter and brighter.
"Look," said the reindeer Tuffy as he pointed above his ear. "The star is falling from the sky and it's going to hit us in the head. Go faster, Blazer," he yelled to the lead reindeer. "Go faster!"
"I'm going as fast as I can," cried Blazer just as the star fell straight down and nicked the side of the sleigh with a loud thump. The sleigh tipped to the side and all the presents slid to the very edge. The reindeers' hooves scrambled as fast as they could and finally the sleigh was saved from turning over.
"Wow, that was close!" exclaimed Tuffy, out of breath. Just then Santa groaned loudly.
"My dear reindeer, I'm afraid we have a problem," Santa said, doubling over in pain. "I fear my arm is broken. The star hit my elbow when it crashed down beside us."
The reindeer all gasped. "My goodness!" cried reindeer Max. "What will we do? We must get Santa to the hospital to fix his arm!"
"I don't know where the hospital is," Blazer said.
""I have an idea," said Tuffy in his very deep reindeer voice. "We can take Santa to the animal hospital where Dr. Pea fixed my sore hoof last Christmas. If he can fix my hoof, surely he can fix Santa's arm. Then we can get back to delivering presents to the children."
"Good thinking," Santa said. "Hurry then to the animal hospital. We've got work to do!"