SIOBHAN PARKINSON grew up in Galway and Donegal and now lives in Dublin with her husband; they have a grown-up son. She is an editor, translator and critic as well as a highly acclaimed writer for children of all ages. Several of her books have won Bisto awards, and The Moon King and Something Invisible were also IBBY Honour Books. In 2010 Siobhan became the first Irish Children's Laureate.
Olwyn Whelan was a newspaper cartoonist and graphic designer before becoming a freelance illustrator. Her goal is to produce timeless books that children will treasure for life. She has illustrated many children's picture book collections, including Celtic Memories, The Mermaid of Cafur and The Barefoot Books of Princesses (all Barefoot Books). She lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.