What kind of a name is Mewkiss? The kitten loves his person, Jessica, but he had hoped for a name like Fearless or Ratkiller. It's hard to be brave with such a totally disgusting name. Even Barkus, a know-nothing puppy, calls Mewkiss a coward.
Mewkiss has to be brave, because a family of rats has taken up residence in the basement where Jessica and her brother have a playhouse. And they're planning to attack Jessica! How is a cat named Mewkiss going to find the courage to protect the person he loves?
Bill Wallace grew up in Oklahoma. Along with riding their horses, he and his friends enjoyed campouts and fishing trips. Toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories to scare one another, and catching fish was always fun. One of the most memorable trips took place on the far side of Lake Lawtonka, at the base of Mt. Scott. He and his best friend, Gary, spent the day shooting shad with bow and arrows, cutting bank poles, and getting ready to go when their dads got home from work.
Although there was no "monster" in Lake Lawtonka, one night there was a "sneak attack" by a rather large catfish tail. Checking the bank poles was not nearly as fun or "free" after that point, but it was the inspiration for this story. Bill Wallace has won nineteen children's state awards and been awarded the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.