Two new “purrsonalities” in  the world of children’s literature are Alex (Alexander Catt) and Lexi (Alexander Catt II). Alex, a black and white short-haired cat was born in a temple in ancient Egypt during Ramses II reign as pharaoh. He was a polite and dignified cat who lived each of his past eight lives to the fullest that his stomach could manage. Ever hungry, he sought out the best chefs of the day who usually cooked for discriminating people and thus Alex met and stayed with royalty, artists, inventors, explorers and the like.

Sometimes, his appetite for food led him into adventures and misadventures. He tried his best to avoid trouble, which meant avoiding dogs, water and the conflict of war, all of which he hated. His ‘meowmoirs’ cover ancient Egypt, ancient China, medieval times, the Renaissance, the Elizabethan Era, the revolutionary times, the Victorian Era, and the World War days of the twentieth century.  

Lexi, Alex’s son, was also a short-haired black and white cat but there the similarity ends because Lexi loves trouble and attracts it. As a safeguard, he usually lives with doctors, but relies on the twitch in his tail to warn him of trouble brewing. Pompous and a little abrasive Lexi irritates his adversaries, but usually he finishes his adventures by acquiring new and unlikely friends. Like his father, Lexi tries to take credit for inventions and new ideas that he witnesses by claiming that he inspired them. This kitty quirk is forgivable because he tells such a p(L)awsible “tail” and he’s such a lovable rascal.

Follow the ‘tails’ of both cats as they recall their historical adventures in their ‘meowmoirs’ for children of all ages.


Let me tell you a little history. I hated studying history in school. I couldn’t remember all those dates and wars were exasperatingly stupid to me. Now I write about history for children and I love doing it. How did that happen?

It started when I took a brief intro course on the use of a computer. Overnight I started writing a series of stories that covered history from ancient times to the mid twentieth century through the eyes of my character Alexander Catt. What fun!

Do you believe in serendipity? My good friend and son-in-law suggested a new series on the history of medicine. From the previous research I knew it would have to begin with ancient Egypt. SHAZAM! I was invited to a museum exhibit on ancient Egypt and there in the gift shop was a book on Medicine in Ancient Egypt! The story wrote itself.

Did you know that the symbol for drugstores came from ancient Egypt?

I was reading a biography of Hippocrates when (SHAZAM!) my daughter gave me a worn ragged old book on the ancient Olympics and the story “Lexi and Hippocrates Find Trouble at the Olympics” wrote itself.

Did you know that Niki was the goddess of victory?

Did you know that those ancient runners ran naked? Now that’s racy!

Did you know that Hippocrates taught medicine under a tree?

So, what’s next in my little history? I let serendipity guide me. Doctors are now required to view a program on washing hands before they renew their licenses to practice medicine. Incredible! Why? The answer begins with Lister. I can’t wait to write this one! Do you know if there is a book about the man?

So far all I know is that he took his new bride on a honeymoon to Europe to visit all the hospitals. Now there’s a story!

I haven’t grown up yet, so I guess I never will. The neat thing is that everyone thinks I have, because I run a household, a burgeoning family, and have done my share of volunteering while holding my place in society in a dignified manner. No one guesses that I have an incongruous and irreverent sense of humor and a wild and playful imagination.

How do I preserve the external impression? By expressing my internal quirks of personality writing stories for children. Only  kids can appreciate a good fart when it’s essential.

And where do I collect my ideas? From all of you and you and maybe even YOU! So watch out when you tell your tales of woe; there might be an author with a sense of humor and a retentive memory listening.

This activity eases stress, too! It works for me!

Dear Teacher,

Re: “Lexi and Hippocrates find trouble at the Olympics

The story I wrote is fictional. The only historical character was Hippocrates.

However, the story’s historical setting is based on research as shown in the list of references.

Lexi Catt is my narrator who by relating his “meowmoirs” depicts some of the history of medicine. In this particular story, he also depicts some of the history of the Olympics. His first story takes place in ancient Egypt. The third story will be of Dr. Lister. There will probably be eight or nine “tails” in the series.

As a story of fiction there is much historical information left out. This might raise questions from students. To save you time I wrote out some of my notes. Perhaps they will provide some interesting answers. The five questions I addressed are:

  • What is the connection between the modern Olympics and ancient Olympia?
  • Why did the ancient Olympic Games cease?
  • How did the modern Olympics begin?
  • What are the ceremonies, traditions and ideals of the Olympics?
  • Why is Hippocrates considered the Father of Medicine?

Please download the  Olympics-Teachers-Guide here.

I hope you and your class enjoy the book! Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions or would like to discuss the research, or to leave me feedback on using the book in your classroom.


Marian Keen

Follow Lexi’s “meowmoirs” and experience history through the eyes of a cat in Lexi and Hippocrates Find Trouble at the Olympics. In this adventure, you will grasp the ideals of the original Olympic Games and understand today’s commitment to their meanings.

Lexi is a spunky cat with a nose like a bloodhound’s. You will admire the courage and self-control of this clever puss, yet forgive his towering ego and tendency to take credit for historical inventions. His rival is the powerful and scary hounddog Cerberos, who has a surprise in store for the pompous cat. They both attend the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece with Theo and Hippocrates.

There, the twitch in Lexi’s tail warns him of trouble. Using his sensitive nose and clever brain, he rises to the challenge and saves his friends. He helps Hippocrates make sure that cheaters pay, while fair-play wins the day.


My name is Marian Keen. A mother and grandmother, I have been writing for children since the 1980’s. Fastening fantasy to facts, I depict history through the eyes of a cat for children of all ages. My first published book Lexi and Hippocrates Find Trouble at the Olympics is available online from

I also write poetry, and my health articles can be found at

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