Joyce Dunbar spent several years teaching literature to adults. Then, at the age of thirty-five, she decided to fulfil her childhood dream of writing and hasn't looked back. She has had several books published by Walker including Baby Bird, Gander's Pond, Panda's New Toy, The Secret Friend, Shoe Baby and Tutti Frutti. Petr Horacek's bold and colourful illustrations continue to captivate children and critics. His stories, often about loyalty and belonging, are told with an instinctive warmth and humour and are beautifully brought to life through his evocative use of colour and texture. He has won many awards around the world for classics such as Suzy Goose and A New House for Mouse and was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.