By Tony Lovitt

The Cat With Twenty Toes

A children’s book celebrating physical differences and promoting diversity.

“The Cat With Twenty Toes” (written for children ages 3-10, with a foreword for adults) celebrates physical differences and promotes diversity through the use of fun, rhyming verse and colorful, whimsical illustrations featuring a metaphorical, polydactyl cat named Sookie. The book is dedicated to the author’s brother, Sgt. Brad Lovitt (1961-2020), a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, whose cat inspired the book.

“The Cat With Twenty Toes” is available in softcover ($11.95), hardcover ($19.95) and Kindle e-book ($5.99) versions on Amazon. For autographed softcover and hardcover books, contact Tony Lovitt: [email protected]


From the Author

Tony Lovitt

My late brother’s polydactyl cat inspired me to write “The Cat With Twenty Toes,” using “Sookie” as a metaphor for the broad spectrum of physical differences among living creatures. When we see an elephant, for example, we accept its distinctive characteristics – large ears, trunk, tusks, etc. Why, I wondered, couldn’t we be just as accepting and non-judgmental of people whose physical characteristics are different than our own? That’s the essence of “The Cat With Twenty Toes.” I hope it’s successful in imparting a message to readers that celebrates our many physical differences and encourages diversity.

– Tony Lovitt

Buy on Amazon

$11.95 (softcover), $19.95 (hardcover) and Kindle ($5.99)

Buy via PayPal

$16.95 (softcover, including postage) and $24.95 (hardcover, including postage).


Buy via Venmo

16.95 (softcover, including postage) and $24.95 (hardcover, including postage).



Personally Autographed

Order a book personally signed by the author ($24.95 hardcover; $16.95 softcover – includes postage). Please include mailing address and for whom you’d like the book signed. Allow six weeks for delivery.

Contact: [email protected]


    This book is dedicated to my brother, who succumbed to cancer in 2020. He treated everyone with respect and dignity. These days we could use more people like him.

    – T. Lovitt

    In the news…

    “The Cat With Twenty Toes” is a story inspired by a polydactyl cat named Sookie, who belonged to the author’s brother, LAPD Sgt. Brad Lovitt. The author will donate $1 from the sale of each book to the Sgt. Brad Lee Lovitt Memorial Page to benefit City of Hope, the cancer-research hospital where Sgt. Lovitt was treated and spent his final days.

    The public can donate separately to the Sgt. Brad Lee Lovitt Memorial Page by visiting:


    It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty, and there is strength.” 

    – Maya Angelou, American Poet (1928-2014)


    Memories of

    Brad and Sookie

    Brad and Sookie


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