The Adventures of Jack Scratch – The Quest for the Hiss-Paniola


Meet Jack Scratch, pint-sized hero, swashbuckler, adventure and singer of pirate ditties.

Together with Cap’n Catnip – the world’s greatest mariner – and his Uncle Silver, Jack is about to embark on a quest to find the fabled treasure of the HISS- PANIOLA!

And he’ll encounter a whole lot of trouble along the way.

This is the first book in The Adventures of Jack Scratch series of comics about Jack, a pirate cat, which continues with The Curse of the Kraken.

Written and illustrated by Craig Phillips

$29.50 incl. GST

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  • This book is packed with humour that will have kids laughing out loud (and probably a few parents too).
  • A beautifully created A4 hard-cover book with cloth covered spine.
  • It is printed in full colour and created with classic comic series like Tin Tin and Asterix in mind.
  • 64 pages of full-colour illustrations by Kiwi illustrator Craig Phillips, creator of Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts, a graphic anthology of world tales.

About the book

Several years ago Craig’s daughter asked him to make a book just for her. When he asked her what she’d like it to be about she said “cats!”, then “pirates!” and then, “pirate-cats!” and so Jack Scratch was born and developed over many meal times and deep discussions about all the types of things pirate-cats might get up to.

So, if you have a child that likes cats or pirates or pirate-cats, then they will love this book!


“Totally awesome! I purchased this book for my son who would rather be doing anything than reading! He absolutely loved the graphics and I found him many times reading (and acting out) the adventures of Jack Scratch!! Comics are an awesome way to get unwilling readers to discover books because they don’t get overwhelmed with big blocks of writing – the words are expressive, action packed and fun!! Thank you” ~ a Kiwi parent

“I bought these books for my 7 year old granddaughter. She absolutely adores Jack Scratch and the fact it is in comic form. She loves to curl up in a corner and read.” ~ a Kiwi grandparent

A note from the creator

Comics are cool, we all know that! And comic books are FUN!

If something is fun for children, they will do it again and again!

Comics are a great way to engage young children into a real love of books. They are interesting and exciting and help develop their imaginations. Comic books really do offer a lot for children. You don’t necessarily need to be able to read to enjoy a comic book, which is great for young children and also children that have trouble reading due to issues like dyslexia.

Meet the Kiwi author and illustrator

Taupo-based Craig Phillips is part of the creative duo at indie Kiwi publishing enterprise Wildling Books. Find on more on his profile page.

Additional information

Dimensions30 × 22 × 2 cm

Hardcover edition



Page count


Published by

Wildling Books


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