From Hiawyn Oram and Gwen Millward comes a wild, read-aloud celebration of breaking the rules, taking a chance, and having the most brilliant of adventures.
Sophie absolutely adores Jimi and smothers him with treats. She thinks he has everything a cat could possibly desire. And Jimi does … but he doesn’t … because secretly Jimi longs to explore the bright and bustling world outside. So when Sophie rushes out one day forgetting her keys, there’s only one thing for it: Jimi slips on his coat and skedaddles out of there, too! Where will he go and who will he meet on those wild and exciting streets? And what on earth will Sophie say? Children and parents alike will rejoice in this funny, stylish and heart-warming celebration of freedom, adventure, friendship and love.
Growing up in South Africa I came to love insects and animals except for snakes with whom I had three nasty, close encounters. On leaving school I studied English and Drama at the University of KwaZulu Natal and once I’d graduated I travelled, got caught up in student riots in Paris and worked as an advertising copywriter in Johannesburg and London. My first book was called SKITTLEWONDER AND THE WIZARD published by Andersen Press and my latest - and 100th - is FLAT CAT illustrated by the brilliant Gwen Millward. Inbetween I’ve worked with many publishers and some amazing illustrators and my books have been translated into more than 30 languages. My RUMBLEWICK series, illustrated by Sarah Warburton, about a witch’s familiar whose witch wants to be anything but a witch, was optioned for an animated movie in 2010 although, sob, sob, there’s still nothing to see and probably never will be.
Some of my favourite work has been writing script and lyrics for musicals namely THE MERMAID, THE VACKEES and LAST TRAIN TO TOMORROW, a concert piece for orchestra, choir and actors about the Kindertransport Movement of 1939. I live in London, the busy, bustling capital of the United Kingdom, where I can usually be found quietly writing or painting something.
Gwen Millward grew up in the heart of the Welsh countryside. She had her heart set on becoming a naturalist when she was five and was quite obsessed with David Attenborough. She filled her bedroom with jars full of caterpillars and tubs of tadpoles, much to the annoyance of her sister (they shared a room). She studied illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art where her passion for picture books began. She lives in Bristol.