Jim Pipe has a degree in Ancient and Modern History from Oxford University. He has written more than 100 children's titles, including history, graphic novels, and fantasy books. Maria Taylor lectures in illustration at Plymouth College of Art. She illustrated the children's ward at Plymouth Hospital and has illustrated books for Penguin. Maria lives in Plymouth, Devon, England.
"Flurries of small-to-tiny flaps give good cause to linger at each stop on this buttery-to-battlements castle tour. It's not all typical 13th-century feasting and fighting on display either, as opening teasers warn of 16 anachronistic items (among them a pair of boxer shorts), a lost treasure and a spy--or maybe ghost--to spot along the way. Castle de Chevalier comes equipped with a lord and lady, mail-clad men at arms and servants of diverse sorts. There's also a well-stocked torture chamber/dungeon and, as revealed in cutaway views and beneath the diminutive die-cut flaps, thriving populations of bats, rats and spiders...not to mention the occasional detached head. The visit ends with a tournament, where tents, spectators and jousting knights can be viewed in situ or rearranged to suit with separate punch-out versions." --Kirkus Reviews