Sam Taplin grew up in a beautiful valley in Yorkshire, where he
dreamed of being a writer, and after three years reading other
people's books at university he started writing his own for
Usborne. He's been doing it ever since. When he's not writing about
lonely rabbits or inquisitive bears, he likes doing card tricks,
writing songs and playing long games of chess by the fire.
Jane studied English at Exeter and Art History at York. She has worked on various Usborne dictionaries, encyclopaedias and learning books, and her edition of the Usborne Illustrated Dictionary was awarded a prize for a significant contribution to children's literacy. She has two sons and three stepsons who are now scattered across the globe. She gets a huge thrill from seeing her books on sale when she travels to the USA and Australia.