Simon was born in Chichester in 1988 and has lived there ever since, although he occasionally leaves to buy milk. After gaining a 1st class degree in History at Exeter University, he immediately put his skills to good use working as a barman at a local pub. He soon grew tired of the owner calling him Andy, and so, naturally, decided to become a primary school teacher. Teaching rekindled his love of children’s literature, particularly picture books, so much so that he had a go at writing his own. Deciding he was better at writing stories for children than he would ever be at teaching them, he made a swift exit from education to live the cliché of the writer who works in a bar. He hopes that one day he’ll be able to give up writing stories and become a barman full-time.
Ella Bailey is an illustrator of picture books and other things. She graduated from Falmouth University in 2013 and is currently based in Devon in the UK. She likes to use limited yet lively color palettes, and some of her favourite things to draw include children, animals, and ghosts.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (June 16, 2016)