Alan MacDonald dreamed of becoming a professional footballer, but when he won a pen in a writing competition his fate was sealed. Alan has written over eighty children's books, which have been translated into many languages and won several awards. Alan also writes for TV. David Roberts is one of the UK's foremost children's illustrators and has been shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for The Dunderheads in 2010 and Tinder in 2015. David won a Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize for Mouse Noses On Toast in 2006. He has worked with writers including Julia Donaldson, Sally Gardner and, most recently, Julian Clary on The Bolds.