Charles Hope grew up on a farm outside the country town of Wagga Wagga. He studied Arts and Screenwriting before delving headlong into the world of educational non-fiction picture books. He lives with his wife and infant daughter in Melbourne, and hopes very soon to have a dog of his own. This is his first fiction title for Wild Dog Books. About the Illustrator Jess Racklyeft is a children's book illustrator, card designer and watercolour aficionado working from a studio out the back of her house in Melbourne. With two little kids she's often busy working with them on art projects and reading many hundreds of picture books, as well as chasing them around the house trying to get them to pose for her next book characters.