Joy Cowley is a prolific, widely published and much-celebrated writer of fiction for adults and children. She began her career writing short stories and novels, followed by children's literature. She has written a remarkable range of children's books and stories, often illustrated by renowned artists. Joy Cowley was made a Distinguished Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit for services to children's literature in 2005. Philip Webb is a Wellington-based illustrator who has previously teamed up with Joy Cowley to produce the picture book Fly Pie, but might be best known for his illustrations in Diana Neild's Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig series. Two titles he illustrated for Scholastic have received Honour Awards at the NZ Post Children's Book Awards - Dragor and Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig.