Korky Paul was born in Zimbabwe. He began his illustration career in Greece, working on a series of educational books. Prior to being published in the UK by Oxford University Press, he worked in advertising and studied film animation in California. His illustrated books have won numerous awards, including the Children's Book Award on two occasions, and have been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award on three occasions. He now lives in Oxford with his wife and two children. Also illustrated by Korky Paul: The Fish Who Could Wish, The Dog Who Could Dig, Sanji and the Baker, Professor Puffendorf's Secret Potions, Captain Teachum's Buried Treasure, A Cat Called Scratch, The Duck With No Luck, When Chico Went Fishing, Monster Poems, Magic Poems, Pet Poems, Dinosaur Poems, Dragon Poems, Fantastic Football Poems.