Martin Waddell is one of the finest contemporary children's book writers. Winner of the Smarties Book Prize - for Farmer Duck and Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? - he also won the Kurt Maschler Award for The Park in the Dark and the Best Book For Babies Award for Rosie's Babies. He was the Irish nominee for the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives with his wife Rosaleen in County Down, Northern Ireland. Susan Varley is a prize-winning artist who has illustrated many books for Andersen Press. Her best-selling picture book Badger's Parting Gifts is one of the most enduring of all time, winning many prizes, including the Mother Goose Award.