"In Prince Rimtheed's kingdom there were no animals. There were no cats or dogs, no mice or rabbits or birds, no hedgehogs, and no tortoises. Everybody felt there was something wrong, but no one could quite see what, until one day Prince Rimtheed's sister came to visit him. She brought with her a big shaggy brown dog..." After that, of course, the prince just had to have animals in his kingdom.
But was it wise? This blithe picture-story gives the answer.
Tanith Lee (1947-2015) was a British writer of science fiction, horror and fantasy. She was the author of over 90 novels and 300 short stories, a children's picture book (Animal Castle), and many poems. She also wrote two episodes of BBC science fiction series Blake's 7. She was the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award best novel award (also known as the August Derleth Award), for her book Death's Master (1980).
She also wrote under the pseudonym Esther Garber.