About The Author Moira Butterfield has written children's books of all kinds, including non-fiction subjects from history, science, nature and art. She has been cited by the US Library of Congress for her non-fiction work. Added to this she has created award winning work for under-5s, books with novelty components, fiction, craft books, licensed character text and educational material. Moira is a regular blogger and tweeter on children's book matters, occasionally appearing at Literary Festivals to meet her young readers. Her work is listed on a number of independent online reader recommendation websites, and given top ratings by the general public. She loves to tackle subjects in a new way, and likes to laugh as well as learn, so the yucky world of pirates is a perfect subject for her! About the Illustrator Born and raised in Milan, Mauro started drawing at the age of two - he still hasn't stopped! He spent his high school years doodling in class, always getting into trouble, until he finally decided to join the Arte & Messaggio Illustration school in Milan. Published in the Annual Illustrators of Children's Books in 2002, Mauro then joined the Brera Art Academy to study painting. He is the co-founder of Totemic Studio and works as a freelance illustrator for the fashion, publishing and advertising industries. His work has been published by Edizioni Playpress, Tridimensional, Nicola Milano Editore, Gaia Edizioni, I Libri di Niccolo and EdiGio. He teaches drawing and painting and has taken part in several solo and collective painting exhibitions. Mauro has received several prizes for his work.