Marie-Aude Murail (Author) Marie-Aude Murail studied at the Sorbonne and has written several books for children under the pseudonom Moka (Elsewhere, Nothing is Black or White, The Blue Lantern, illustrated by Yvan Pommaux and Excuse Me, illustrated by Serge Bloch). She has lived in Paris and Bordeaux, but now lives in Orl-ans Marie-Aude has three children and two grandchildren. Elvire Murail (Author) Elvire Murail studied at Cambridge and published her first novel for adults in 1983. She began writing for children in 1989, and has written over fifty books. Elvire also works as a scriptwriter for cinema and television. Quentin Blake (Illustrator) Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. He has won many prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children’s Laureate. In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List he was knighted for services to illustration.