Whoops! There’s a strange new creature and Marlon is scared. What should he do?

Follow his fear and run? Stay and face the unknown? Maybe make friends?

You’ll love this delightful Marlon book filled with wit and wisdom about finding courage, conquering fear and getting back on your feet.

A cozy cat adventure, perfect for kids 6-9 and cat lovers everywhere! And dogs lovers too!

He’s a cat on a quest! Marlon wants to make friends with Silky, a sweet sparrow. Really? Can a cat and sparrow ever be friends?

Well, Marlon has a plan and it’s about to take off. You’ll laugh at Marlon’s merry mischief and Silky’s cool quips in this funny, cozy cat adventure about self-reliance, building trust and gaining a friend.

With practical skills for solving problems, managing frustration and taming a temper.

Perfect for kids 6-9 and cat lovers everywhere!

Add one lovable tiger, two spunky kids plus a bunch of grumpy grownups and what do you get?  A rollicking animal adventure about friendship, self-reliance and how the best of plans can bring wacky results.

It’s a fun-filled feline fantasy as the two fussy and funny siblings try to outwit the grumpy grownups!

Perfect for kids 5-9 and anyone who loves tigers and a great adventure story!

Reader Reviews

"A great way to show children how to manage their anger!

Marlon is a funny cute cat who just wants to be friends, with a bird! My daughter enjoyed this story and was rooting for Marlon to overcome all of his obstacles. A great book, well written and a delightful read.”

"A cute story about a cat who wants to be friends with a sparrow!

Marlon’s story is adorable. I loved his antics and his misguided endeavors at winning Silky’s trust. There are many hilarious scenes, each of which will make children laugh out loud. It touches upon empathy, not judging by looks, controlling your anger and dealing with negative situations calmly, and self-acceptance. It also shows that you needn’t change yourself to attract a friend. Overall, this is a really sweet book with some touching and some funny moments. I did enjoy it and would recommend it for sure.”

Member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Meet Dan

"I love creating fun stories for kids
that anyone can enjoy."

Dan Bailes writes funny stories for kids that often include practical skills for navigating life’s little stumbling blocks.  His heartwarming tales feature lovable animals and quirky siblings ready to charm us with their mischievous antics and surprising insights. Dan puts it this way:

“I often fall in love with my characters. And when they do something that might cause us to raise an eyebrow, I see it as an opportunity to offer kids some insight that can help guide them on life’s journey. Each book sneaks in a few of those life lessons, like how to make a friend, tame a temper, believe in yourself or move forward when fear tries to wrap you in a web of anxiety.”

Dan started Nice Dog Books with his canine companion KukkaTahti to tell stories and tickle funny bones. It has not escaped Kukka’s attention that their first few books feature a tiger and a cat. She’s expecting equal time for dogs.

You can email at Dan@nicedogbooks.com and visit his author page on Amazon.

And Say Hi to KukkaTahti

KukkaTahti is our constant companion at Nice Dog Books. She has a gentle nature and is curious about everything. Kukka loves people (and dogs of course) and is quick to say hello. She has a thick coat that feels soft and fluffy in your fingers and loves to play. 

“Catch” is one of her favorites. She waits and watches, then opens her mouth just in time to make the catch. Doggy humor.

She’s all about fun and has a great smile, as you can see. And what about those eyebrows!


People say...

"One of the most talented chaps I've ever known...SO happy to see this element of your capability coming forth!!!"

Mike R, musician and editor

"This is such a sweet story and I like how it didn’t turn out at all how I was expecting! Made me really smile."

Alyson S, wellness coach and teacher

"It's wonderful!!! We love you and we love Emmalene!"

Annie C, author and mother of Helen & Louise