Peter Bently is the author of many books for young readers, including King Jack and the Dragon, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, which the New York Times called "at once contemporary and classic." His Cats Ahoy! received the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in his native England. Peter lives in Devon, England, with his wife and two children. Russell Ayto earned his degree in graphics at Exeter College of Art and Design in England. He has illustrated several award-winning picture books, such as The Witch's Children and the Queen by Ursula Jones, which won the Gold Smarties Prize in 2003, and Quacky Quack-Quack! by Ian Whybrow. Russell lives with his wife and three children in Penzance, England.