Steve Barlow studied at Warwick University and Nottingham University, and worked at various times as a teacher, actor, stage manager and puppeteer. Then he went to teach in Botswana, where a valid excuse for students not handing in their homework was 'A goat ate it, sir!'. On his return to the UK he met Steve Skidmore, and the rest is hysteria. Steve Skidmore is shorter than Steve Barlow and less hairy. He went to Nottingham University to supposedly read English, but spent most of his time playing sport and doing a variety of summer jobs including counting pastry pie lids (yes, really). He trained as a teacher of Drama, English and Film studies, before teaming up with Steve Barlow to become a full time author.
This is a fantastic book for boys who need to be introduced to reading for pleasure, it lets the imagination flow as you are the hero of the book and get to decide your own destiny. This book can be used for independent reading in upper KS2 as well as guided reading. It can also be used in golden time as a classroom activity in which the class vote on which option to choose. - www.goodreads.com