Peter Bently grew up in an army family and went to ten different schools. He studied languages at Oxford and worked as a journalist and non-fiction book editor before becoming a children's author when his own two children were very small. He is the author of more than sixty books, including Cats Ahoy!, illustrated by Jim Field, which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and King Jack and the Dragon, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, which was an American Library Association Notable Book of the year.
Helen Oxenbury is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators in the world. Her numerous books for children include the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and one of the best-loved picture books of all time We're Going on a Bear Hunt written by Michael Rosen. She lives in London, England.