Author(s): Jim Helmore
In the tick-tock quiet, a shaft of moonlight tickles the nose of something sleeping. It's a stuffed, stripy horse. He twitches. Then an enormous dusty sneeze echoes round the room. He's awake. So begins this charming story, all about a forgotten toy who can't remember his name. He is befriended by Muriel (a hummingbird who flutters off the pattern on a lamp), Hermann (a daft draught excluder), and Wedgie and Woodie (penguin-shaped salt and pepper shakers), and embarks on an adventure to meet Ming, a wise and ancient Chinese vase cat, who is the only person in the shop who might be able to tell him who he is. A story for childen who imagine that things come to life when the world is fast asleep.
Jim and Karen live in South London. Karen still works as a textile designer when she's not creating picture books, and Jim works in the publishing industry. The recently won the picture book category of the Sheffield Book Award for their first book Letterbox Lil (OUP).