Henrik Tamm is a conceptual designer in Hollywood who has helped create the worlds of “Shrek" and “Narnia", among many other films. “Ninja Timmy" is his first adventure in book form.
In the city of Elyzandrium, bamboo skyscrapers spiral into a sky filled with steam-powered air balloons and other odd-looking flying machines. Crowded in the dusty streets below, a million other vehicles crawl through the afternoon traffic.
Laboring under the weight of their new invention - an automated orange-peeling machine - we meet Timmy the cat, and his pals Simon the mink and the pig brothers Jasper and Casper (who are really good at math). They are carrying their newly finished contraption across town, through crowded streets and dark alleys, hoping to sell it to a local fruit merchant.
So begins an action-packed adventure, in which they have to uncover the mystery of why the children of Elyzandrium have lost their ability to laugh. They soon befriend Alfred the toymaker, who with his magical devices helps turn the friends into a crime-fighting gang of ninjas!
It was during a visit to old Beijing that Henrik Tamm was inspired with the idea for this book. On a rooftop he encountered a small grey street cat that insisted on having a piece of the cream cake he was eating. The following day he visited an old toy shop that has been owned by the same family for generations. The idea for a book took shape.
Ninja Timmy and the Stolen Laughter is the first in a series about this intrepid cat and his wily gang.
A perfect read-out-loud book for all to enjoy!