GILLIAN CANDLER is an award-winning writer for children. She has a passion for nature and is an active member of conservation groups. Gillian's involvement in conservation projects has seen her identifying geckos, feeding fairy prion chicks, counting birds, making seed balls and trapping pests. Gillian blogs about nature at ExploreDiscoverNatureblogspot.co.nz. She has a background in teaching and educational publishing and believes that picture books can be both fun and educational. NED BARRAUD is an illustrator with a keen passion for the natural world. He illustrated the five previous titles in the award-winning `explore & discover' series, along with his first children's fiction title, Moonman. When not illustrating, he works on films at Weta Digital as a texture artist and enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and three children.