Michael is 38 and lives in London. He studied illustration at Portsmouth University earning 1st Class Honors and now works solely on writing and illustration books for children of all ages. Picture books include Scaredy Cat and Boo - nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and young fiction series The Unbelievable Adventures of Jake Cake - with the first book shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and the Nottingham Children's Book Award.
Michael likes dogs, mugs of tea, and painting big canvasses.
Shona has always loved words. She even has her very own strange word thesaurus! When her and her classmates learn that some languages are dying out, Miss Bates tasks them with becoming top-class word detectives, proving to themselves and their families that there are many beautiful languages still thriving, even within their own classroom. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 7+