JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author who served as Children's Laureate from 2005-7. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for The Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (for Double Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal). In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She was the author most borrowed from British libraries in the last decade.
Nick Sharratt is the prize-winning illustrator of many books for children of all ages, and has more than 100 books to his name. Known for his vibrant, witty illustrations, his picture books with Julia Donaldson include HIPPO HAS A HAT, ONE MOLE DIGGING A HOLE and CHOCOLATE MOUSSE FOR GREEDY GOOSE. He has also illustrated the bestselling LIFT-THE-FLAP FAIRY TALES for Macmillan. Nick lives in Brighton near the seaside and the famous pier.