King Birtram, the benevolent ruler of the kingdom of Binn, spends what time he has off from the business of ruling atop his fine pair of red stilts. But his chancellor, Lord Droon, takes a dim view of such undignified things and steals the stilts. Can royal page Eric get the stilts back to the distracted king before disaster strikes the kingdom?
This book contains examples of the following tropes:
- Cats Are Mean: Inverted; the patrol cats are the kingdom's best line of defense against the Nizzards.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Droon is forced to eat nothing but Nizzards after his plot is discovered.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The book is in prose rather than the rhymes Seuss used often in his later books.
- Evil Chancellor: Lord Droon.
- He's Back: After Eric manages to bring the stilts back, King Birtram leaps up onto them, takes a deep breath, and leads the patrol cats in a great charge against the Nizzards.
- Modest Royalty: King Birtram of Binn is a workaholic most of the day whose one pleasure is cavorting on his stilts on late afternoons. The book notes that the citizenry notes while this is an unusual thing to have, the King is perfectly entitled to his dirt cheap hobby. The one person who hates it is chancellor Lord Droon.
- Work Hard, Play Hard: King Birtram works and plays with equal intensity. The whole theme of the book is why only working is not emotionally healthy and causes problems in the long run.
- You Don't Want to Catch This: A variation where it's not the hero doing it; Lord Droon locks Eric up in a house and puts a sign on the door saying he's in quarantine for measles.