MANDY ROSS has written over 60 children's books, including Peekaboo Baby! (shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award 2001), Animal Lullabies, Animal Exercises and Children's History of Birmingham. Twice shortlisted for Birmingham Poet Laureate, Mandy is a member of Secret City Arts www.secretcityarts.com. She works widely in schools and teaches all sorts of writing workshops - on and off the page - with adults and children. Mandy has also worked with CBSO, Ikon Gallery, Ledbury and Wenlock Poetry Festivals and the Birmingham Book Festival. She is currently working on a radio play about pigeon fancying. Mandy takes inspiration from the lively streets of Birmingham where she lives with her partner and 13-year-old son - just across the road from her neighbour Grandma Brown, whose story sowed the seed for this book. ALISON BARTLETT writes and illustrates children's books for major publishers in Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. She lives in Bath with her son Joel and two Jack Russell terriers.