Gilbert was not an ordinary cat. This wasn t surprising because he had never seen another cat. Taken from his mother before his eyes had opened, he had spent most of his childhood inside a paper bag. As a result, he was frightened of just about everything. The best place to be was inside a nice brown paper bag, under the bed, away from the changing skies, away from vicious birds, and scary butterflies.One night something else crawled under the bed and Gilbert soon discovered that life wasn t as frightening as he d thought.
Colin Thompson was born in Ealing, London where he went to boarding school and later spent two years at art school. He has worked as a silk-screen printer, graphic designer, stage manager, potter and film maker and began writing and illustrating children s books in 1990. Since then he has had over thirty books published. He currently lives in Bellingen, New South Wales. Chris Mould has been a freelance illustrator since graduating from Leeds Polytechnic in 1991. His work has been seen in children s books, magazines, newspapers, and more recently on television and in feature film development. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Bradford, West Yorkshire.