Marlon's Marvelous Adventures

Welcome to this award-winning series! 

Marlon is a problem-solver. He knows what he wants. Can he find a way to make it happen?

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.

Welcome to book #1 in this award-winning series! Perfect for kids 6-9 and cat lovers everywhere!


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 know what they say about cats and curiosity. What is that “scary something” next door? Will it be friendly? Or bad for cats?

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

Welcome to book #2 in this award-winning series! Perfect for kids 6-9 and cat lovers everywhere! Dogs lovers too!



It’s true! Marlon left home for the wide world. Why did he go? What will he discover? How will he manage? Let’s hope he’s lucky!

To survive, he must put his best paw forward, look trouble in the eye and bounce back when misfortune knocks him down.

This cozy cat adventure explores friendship, jealousy and courage with humor and a light touch. 

Welcome to book #3 in this award-winning series! Perfect for kids 6-10 and cat lovers everywhere! Raccoon lovers too!


Reader Reviews

"This gripping furry feline adventure is about a cat who never gives up!
The story centers around friendship, courage, jealousy, anger, forgiveness, reconciliation, and finding your way. With fabulous illustrations that perfectly complement the story’s sentiment and beautiful adventures, Marlon and the Wide World will appeal to cat and raccoon lovers of all ages.”
"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 funny stories for kids
that everyone can enjoy."

Dan loves to create fun, heartwarming tales that offer valuable life lessons. With a light-hearted touch, he uses humor and a sense of adventure to tell his tales. 

“My grandkids inspire me. When I hear about a difficulty they’re facing, I try to turn that into a fun story that shows them how they can solve a problem or meet a challenge.”

His books help kids learn about friendship, self-reliance, problem-solving, courage, resilience and embracing our differences.

Dan launched Nice Dog Books with his canine companion, KukkaTahti.  When they’re not busy writing or thinking silly thoughts, they can be found “going for a walk” on the streets of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

You can get in touch with Dan at

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