Gillian Candler is the author of At the Beach: Explore and discover the New Zealand seashore, and was the convenor of judges for the 2012 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. She was a teacher for many years, before moving into educational publishing with Learning Media, and currently works from home in Pukerua Bay as a writer and consultant. Gillian enjoys seeing the creatures that live in and visit her wild garden. Ned Barraud is a talented illustrator with a passion for little creatures. His work has been published frequently in the School Journal, and he illustrated At the Beach and The Earthquake and the Butterfly. He works at Weta Digital as a texture artist and lives in Wellington, spending lots of time in the garden with his three young children.