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:


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.



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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