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So here’s a hypothetical question: What if you were adorable. (I’m not saying you’re not! Don’t get me wrong.) But what if you were SO adorable—so impossibly superdupercute—that anybody who saw you would immediately, like, EXPLODE? (Literally. Explode.)

Just hypothetically, of course.

I mean, it’s kind of a tough problem to have, right? So now that we’re on the same page, you can understand the problem that’s faced by Fluffy, the main character of Stephen W. Martin’s newest and most forthcoming picture book: 

Karen Wojtyla at McElderry Books has acquired World rights to Stephen W. Martin’s FLUFFY MCWHISKERS: CUTENESS EXPLOSION, about a little cat who is so incredibly cute that anyone who sees her will instantly explode (literally!), which makes it very difficult to find even one friend. Dan Tavis has signed on to illustrate. The deal was managed by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author, and Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown for the illustrator, for publication in Fall 2021.

Let me tell you, Stephen’s story and Dan Tavis’s illustrations are going to have you on the edge of your seat—the tension! The drama! The EXPLOSIONS! Ultimately, we are all going to have to wait until next year to properly do the subject justice. But I encourage you to mark your calendars in the meanwhile.

Huge (and super adorable!) congratulations, Stephen!!

--Joan