Harry is overjoyed when, on his birthday, he finally gets his heart’s desire – a ‘furry, purry pussycat’ to love and care for. Shortly after Mr Tiddles’ arrival however, all manner of treats start appearing in Harry’s bedroom and within days he cannot move for toys, musical instruments and tasty confections. But the arrival of Alan the horse one morning is just one gift too far. It’s time for Harry to challenge that perhaps not so perfect puss. He follows Mr T. only to discover he’s a cat burglar no less and on this particular night the cheeky moggy has set his sights on the royal crown. Her majesty is not amused and Harry and Mr Tiddles are arrested for ‘Acts of Cheekiness against the Crown’.
All ends happily however, thanks to Harry’s special pleading, the Queen’s mercy and the return of all the stolen articles to their rightful owners. The story is told as much through the pictures as the words and McLaughlin has great fun chronicling Tiddles capers in his detailed and action-packed single and double page spreads as well as comic strip sequences.