Shelly Unwin (Author) Shelly Unwin is an exciting new children's author. She grew up in England's Peak District and studied teaching and biology at university in Birmingham. Shelly now lives in Sydney with her husband and children. Shelly's first children's book series is being published in 2017 and Blast Off is her first book with Penguin Random House Australia.Ben Wood (Illustrator) Sydney illustrator Ben Wood has been illustrating children's books and products for over a decade. He has worked with many of Australian publishers and authors, including the likes of Margaret Wild, and loves the challenge of interpreting an author's words into images. Growing up in country Victoria has influenced Ben in his work, as animals and nature are some of his favourite things to draw. When he isn't in his home studio, Ben visits schools to teach students about illustrating stories.