ROBIN GOLD found out, quite by accident, that writing is a real job. He wrote and illustrated his first 'novel' (a 21-page, handwritten epic) at age 11. He abandoned his first career choice of department store Santa Claus when informed that work was strictly seasonal. Since then he has written for film and television and co-created animation projects with his colleague Mike Zarb. MIKE ZARB has been an illustrator, production designer and storyboard artist for over fifteen years, and has worked for various animation studios around the world. As well as illustrating BELMONT AND THE DRAGON, he is presently directing PEARLIE, an animated series based on the Random House books by Wendy Harmer, which he also illustrated.
""Young Belmont and his best friend, the dragon Burnie, live in the medieval town of Old York. Every year, the town holds a celebration to celebrate their heritage, and King Cyrus and Princess make a proclamation and present a gift to the town. After a black cat crosses their path, Belmont and Burnie encounter three Beastly Bedraggled Batniks, and trouble begins. Professor I.Q. Cranium asks for Belmont and Burnie's help to locate the Kablooey, the result of a top-secret experiment that will blow solid matter into "itsy-bitsy, teensy-weensy pieces." Using a disguise, they make their way through Redwitch Village, determined to locate and recover the Kablooey for the professor. Along the way, they will discover just how much danger the village is in and come face to face with the Red Witch. Told in alliterative style with a dabbling of beatnik terminology to keep it light, author Gold has successfully created a tale that will hold the interest of the young reader. Early readers will be able to read it on their own very quickly." --"Curled Up With A Good Kid's Book