Down by the harbour the quayside cat, Jim, comes to talk with Old Tregarn about his days long ago at sea. Inspired by Old Tregarn’s tales, Jim longs for his own sea adventure. Before long the two cats have jumped aboard a ship, and so begins Jim’s daring adventure at sea . . .


Toby Forward (Author)
Toby Forward lives in Beverley in North Yorkshire, and is a parish priest in Hull, although he still manages to devote time to writing. He is married to a teacher, and they have two daughters.

Toby Forward originally trained as a teacher of English and R.E. and now combines his writing with working as a parish priest. Some of his stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 under the pseudonym Rahila Khan and Virago published a collection of these stories, which they withdrew from publication once the true identity of the author was revealed! He has had a teenage novel, Dead Young, published by Simon and Schuster. This is his first book for Transworld.

Author lives: West Yorkshire

Ruth Brown (Illustrator)
Ruth Brown is the creator of some of Britain's best loved children's books, that have been shortlisted for many awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. She has created a great many picture books for Andersen Press and is highly respected as an author and illustrator. She was born in Devon and now lives in London and Kent.



Booksellers' Choice, The Bookseller

It proved, once again, how responsive young children are to beauty.


Stunningly illustrated, you will be captivated and mesmerised.


Delightfully told. The illustrations are simply superb.

Parents in Touch

I really loved this book, a good story, spectacular illustrations and bucketfuls of atmosphere.

The School Librarian

Ruth Brown is one of our most skilled illustrators of children’s books.

Sunday Times

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