Margaret Mahy is a prolific writer of children's books, and winner of the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Award. She has won the Carnegie Medal three times (1982, 1986 and 1987), the Young Observer Fiction Prize (1986), the Italian Premier Grafico Award (1976) and the Dutch Silver Pencil Award (1977). She has also been awarded the Esther Glen Medal of the New Zealand Library Association six times, been appointed a writing fellow in New Zealand and Australia, and in the United States her works have won awards and been included in prestige listings by journal editors, librarians and educationalists. Trace Hodgson is New Zealand's foremost newspaper cartoonist. His work regularly appears or has appeared in the New Zealand Herald, National Business Review, The Press, The Listener and Sunday Star-Times.