Ernie loves music and he loves his cats, and he always counts his cats at dinner time. There's Bert and Whistle, one and two. Then, suddenly one day, there's three! Sly black cat Jezebel has sneaked in and somehow got a share of Bert and Whistle's food, their home, and Ernie's attention. The first two cats are NOT impressed by Jezebel's lively tales of hiding in cars, stealing butter and taking the best chair, but when she wanders off again, they're surprised to find they miss her. Ernie thinks maybe she'll be lured back by some lovely Mozart, but Bert and Whistle have a better idea...
Alison Prince is an established author of children's books and was joint-winner of the Guardian Prize in 1996, sharing it with Philip Pullman! She also writes poetry and won the Literary Review Annual Poetry Prize in 1997.
She has recently published a biography of Hans Christian Andersen, the research for which entailed her learning Danish.
Author lives: Isle of Arran, Scotland