Brian Patten is one of the most accessible and popular poets working today. He is the author of the all-time cult classivs Gargling With Jelly and Juggling With Gerbils. He is also the editor of the acclaimed The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry and The Puffin Book of Modern Children's Verse. Nicola Bayley has illustrated many acclaimed picture books including The Mousehole Cat (by Antonia Barber), which was chosen as the British Book Awards Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year in 1991. Nicola lives in London.