Did you know broadcaster Dermot O'Leary is also a children's book author? Now you do! His fun chapter books follow Toto the Ninja Cat, a brave and bold feline with some seriously impressive ninja skills. Full of action, adventure and a whole lot of humour, the Toto stories make for fantastic reading for children aged seven and above.
If you'd like more information about Toto the Ninja Cat and her brother Silver, read on...
Toto the Ninja Cat Fact File:
Family: Human Mamma and Papa and her feline brother, Silver
Hobbies: Saving the world (or at least the animal population of London) from a cat-astrophe!
She couldn't save the world without: Her brother Silver and their friends, including Catface the rat who wants to live life as a cat.
Likes: Cheese, ninja-ing, embarking on adventures with Silver and Catface
Background: Both Toto and her brother, Silver, were born in Italy before being adopted by English human parents and moving to London. Toto is almost completely blind but whilst still in Italy she was trained to trust her senses by a ninja cat-master called Ventura. She uses these skills to navigate the streets of London and take on any adventure that comes her way.
Motto: Toto is part of the Ancient Order of International Ninja Cats whose motto is, "Purrs, paws and claws". They use this motto to keep the peace. If there is ever a dispute, purrs (i.e. talking to us humans) should be used first and if that doesn't work then paws and so on but always in that order, with purrs first.
Interesting Fact: Toto and Silver are based on Dermot O'Leary's real pet cats! After Dermot and his wife, Dee, adopted the nearly completely blind Toto from Italy and brought her and Silver to London, they were surprised at how sharp her senses were. This triggered their imaginations and soon enough the idea of Toto being a secret world-saving ninja cat was born.
A little bit on Silver:
Toto knows her missions would be much tougher if she didn't have her brother and best mate, Silver, around to help her. So here are a few facts about Silver...
Hobbies: Eating, and exploring London
Likes: Cheese, milk, yoghurt... anything dairy really
Dislikes: Crash landings after another failed attempt at being a ninja
Background: Just like Toto, Silver was born in Italy and was adopted by a human family and brought to live in Camden, London. Silver loves his London life, particularly when he gets to have adventures with his sister, though it's not always easy being the brother of the famous Toto the Ninja Cat!
The Giggle Ninjas are Recruiting!
Something that both Toto and Silver love is a good joke. If your child is aged between three and thirteen and has a great joke up their sleeve then we want to hear it. And, if it's a real side-splitter, then it may just make it into the Giggle Ninja Joke Book!
Enter our Giggle Ninjas competition to see your child's joke published in the upcoming book. Plus, if Head Judge, Dermot O'Leary, (and Toto!) choose your child/student's entry as the very best joke of them all, they could win 250 pounds RRP worth of books for themselves and the same amount again for their school.
The competition closes on Thursday 18th April 2019. To enter or find more information, click here. And, don't forget to check out Dermot's Toto the Ninja Cat series which starts with Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape followed by Toto the Ninja Cat and the Incredible Cheese Heist on our website now.