Ross and Tonya Grifkin Author & Illustrator Book Signing (Ages 5-9)

09/23/2023 - 2:30pm

Errol the Cat Husband and wife team, Ross and Tonya Grifkin will be at Storybook Cove on Saturday, September 23 at 2:30 p.m. to sign their illustrated 72 page chapter book (read by 6-9 year olds or a read aloud to younger booklovers), "Errol the Cat Who Wasn't a Cat". 

Errol grew up believing he was a normal cat, and just like any normal cat, he went to college, got a job at a bank, and worked every day.
When a gang of bandits try to rob Errol’s bank, a dragon magically appears to save the day. Soon after, Errol learns his life is anything but normal and he is anything but a normal cat. He’s not a cat at all!
With a dangerous group of villains chasing after him, Errol must uncover the truth about his mythical origins before it’s too late…


Ross and Tonya live in Arlington, Massachusetts; they have two kids, a Boston terrier, and a very fluffy white cat.

Ross, a commercial banker, has always been passionate about writing, and Tonya has been drawing since she was a child. The two of them have done a few projects together over the years, but when Tonya told Ross she wanted to illustrate a children’s book, he immediately began writing.

Their cat of nineteen years, Errol, passed away a couple years ago, and the two of them miss him dearly; in fact, he inspired this book. Ross rescued Errol from an animal shelter when he was only eight weeks old. He immediately became very sick and almost died. Ross worked tirelessly with his vet to nurse him back to health.  Errol was extremely affectionate towards the family and will always be loved. Ross and Tonya thought writing this book, would be a way to immortalize his life.

Ross and Tonya are excited to continue writing and illustrating more books together and can’t wait to finish book #2! They look forward to going on this journey with all the readers as Errol continues to discover who he really is!

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Errol: The Cat Who Wasn't a Cat By Ross Grifkin, Tonya Grifkin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ross Grifkin, Tonya Grifkin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781954819788
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Briley & Baxter Publications - June 20th, 2023

Janet's Pick:  This 72 page color illustrated beginner chapter book is about Errol the Cat whose typical business day at the bank was interrupted by bandits! His extreme anger caused a transformation -- he becomes a dragon for just about a minute, just enough to save the day. Not knowing what is happening to himself he seeks answers from mom and dad and learns their secret. Feeling betrayed and confused his day continues not uneventfully! The ending suggests a sequel with hopefully new adventures. 

Hanover, MA 02339