Alan MacDonald dreamed of becoming a professional footballer, but when he won a pen in a writing competition his fate was sealed. Alan has written over eighty children's books, which have been translated into many languages and won several awards. Alan also writes for TV. David Roberts is one of the UK's foremost children's illustrators, known for works such as DIRTY BERTIE, THE BOLDS and SUFFRAGETTE: THE BATTLE FOR EQUALITY. He was the winner of the Nestle Children's Book Prize in 2006 and was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal four times. He lives in London.