Liz Kessler is the author of the first two books about Poppy the Pirate Dog, as well as the best-selling middle-grade series about half-mermaid Emily Windsnap, the Philippa Fisher series, and the novels A Year Without Autumn, North of Nowhere, and Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? The Poppy stories are inspired by the adventures of her own dog--named Poppy, of course! Liz Kessler lives in England. Mike Phillips has been illustrating children's books, from picture books for the very young to the gruesome Horrible Histories by Terry Deary, for almost twenty years. He lives in a small fishing village in England with his family and thinks his own dog, who is named Poppy--believe it or not!--may also want to be a pirate.