Published: 02/04/2013
ISBN: 9781780883564
eISBN: 9781780887692
Format: Paperback/eBook

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As a child I had three ambitions: to be a champion dressage rider, to dance the roll of the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Royal Opera House in London and to write and illustrate my own children's stories... read more

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Introducing the Pusska Moggyinsky Ballet Company
by Maria McArdle

‘Sounds weird? A load of cats dancing?’ Marmie gives a purring chuckle, a sudden spring into the air, a high capriole, a grand jeté and an even broader grin, before trotting off across the dewy grass. Pirouetting through the primroses, he gives a deep and satisfied ‘Me-wow!’

Welcome to the Pusska Moggyinsky Ballet Company, held in the secret cellars of Pluckerslea Hall, an English stately home with a ghostly reputation! Here, in a flurry of fur and feathers, a whole world of music and dancing exists...

Marmie tells of his great grandmother who founded the company and introduces its main characters – prima ballerina Pusskarina Pavlova, a dainty white cat who is completely deaf – which doesn’t stop her from dancing major roles in the ballets. Character dancer Oliver Crumble is a plump ginger tom with a leaky problem, ably assisted by Ratchett Rat and ‘The Commode’, a luxury litter box on wheels. Maestro Erico Poochetti, a shy Shih-Tzu, has the important position of ballet master, while German Shepherd Gemma McBone is conductor of the cats, dogs, birds and mice who play in the Moggyinsky Musical Ensemble. Willamena Wallaby, an Aussie with attitude, is cook and canteen manager, while Madam Carman Coiffure of millinery and make-up is an eccentric duck with a passion for plumes. Marmie explains how the animals get food, heat, light and materials, and tells with a shudder of Black Treacle Farm, where the notorious Bruiser Bumfluff and his gang of cut-throat cats hang out.

This delightful tale, complete with intricate, full-colour illustrations, is suitable for 8-12 year old children – especially animal lovers!

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Great News from January! 'Dancing Paws of Magic' now available to buy at the Art Shop at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole.

Thinking about gifts for those special friends and family members?
'Dancing Paws of Magic', as well as some real adventure and spooky magic, describes a quite unique performance of 'Sleeping Beauty'. Purrfect for animal loving ballet fans of all ages.
As well as copies of my books, I have some lovely mounted prints and cards of illustrations available. Contact me on my website -

Have you ever seen a lepremogg? Do you know what a lepremogg is? No?
Well I have an inkling and you'll find my thoughts on the subject on the Blog Page of my website.
On my Blog you will find two little stories with faded photos, of those real-life, brave old cats, who were the inspirations for my character of the magical lepremogg, Galway O'Toot.

Congratulations to all the Winners in the Goodreads Giveaway - finished midnight 22nd July. Your signed copies of 'Dancing Paws of Magic' are already winging their way to you via the Moggyinsky Super Deluxe Carrier Pigeon Service.

Dancing Cats go WORLDWIDE!
Great News! My book, 'Dancing Paws of Magic' is now available to order from local book stores overseas and through
Readers the world over can read all about The Pusska Moggyinsky Ballet Company, of love and loyalty against adversity, a magical Irish Lepremogg called Galway O'Toot and those amazing 'Dancing Paws of Magic'!

For my UK fans - FREE! Five signed copies of 'Dancing Paws of Magic' to win in new Goodreads Giveaway. Go to to enter before closing date of July 22nd. Best of Luck!

Wed.14th June, 6pm UK time, great interview with Hannah Murray on Talk Radio Europe.

Dancing Paws of Magic now available for readers everywhere.

26th May. A most enjoyable interview with Marilyn Barber, Editor of the Stour & Avon Magazine. My cat Gracie and I posed for photographs and we had a lovely long chat about my life and my books.

24th May. My interview with Hannah Murray of Talk Radio Europe went really well. She was so easy to chat to making the whole experience a pleasure. She will tweet me towards the end of June when her Book Show, including my interview, is to go on air.
The radio station is especially for ex-pats living in Spain but programs can be listened to via the Internet anywhere in the world. (I don't think I 'fluffed' my words!)

Have you visited my website yet? There are stories, photos, a regularly updated blog and even a collection of my illustrations in glorious colour. Go on! Taka a peek at and ENJOY!

March 2017
Great excitement! First delivery of 'Dancing Paws of Magic' has arrived from the printers. Beat the rush and get your copy to read and enjoy now!

On Wednesday 29th May, I was back at 'A Bundle of Books' children's bookshop in Herne Bay, Kent for a 'How to' workshop on the use of illustrating with watercolour pencils. Great fun was had by children, mums, grandmas and me and some really nice pictures were produced and several copies of Introducing the Pusska Moggyinsky Ballet Company were signed and passed on to their new young readers.

On Saturday 4th. May at
'A Bundle of Books' 6 Bank St Herne Bay Kent, I told children about my own youthful ballet experiences, the animals who have inspired the characters for my story, explained with the aid of original sketches and finished watercolours how the illustrations were developed,read extracts and was delighted to sign copies for those who purchased my book.


The Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide

Your Cat, July 2013

Herne Bay, Canterbury and Whitstable Times

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

The Cat

Books Monthly

Herne Bay Times

This delightful book transports the reader to a colourful world that exists in the cellars of a stately home. Narrated by a black cat, and revolving around the secret workings of a feline ballet company, the story introduces you to a host of marvellous creatures, all based on real pets.

The humorous descriptions bring the furry characters to life, and lovers of ballet will relish the careful attention to detail.

Most wonderful of all are the exquisite illustrations, which really make this a must-read for children of all ages!

by Karl

This delightful book, attractively illustrated will help children use their own imagination and give them an insight into the elements of ballet and a ballet company. It is done through the creative role of a variety of animals whom the reader can see through the colourful illustrations and which are based on the writers own animals over the years. It is easy to read, or to be read to children of any age.

by Don

Loved the story and what great pictures. It brought out my feminine side!

by A doting Grandad.

I have read Introducing the Pusska Moggyinsky Ballet Company and thoroughly enjoyed it. The illustrations are very lifelike!
My favourites were Madam Carman Coiffure the duck that makes the hats(Me-wow what a gal!! said Marmie Moggyinsky in the story)and Miss Daisy May the little dog that plays the piano.(I am learning to play the piano).

by Kate aged 8


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