Danny Katz is the author of many books for kids and adults, including Spit the Dummy, S.C.U.M, The Poppa Platoon and the Little Lunch series. Danny was born in Canada and moved to Australia when he was a kid because he was allergic to maple syrup. After failed careers as a musician, comedian and car-washer, he turned to writing and became a columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is best known as the Modern Guru in the Good Weekend magazine. Danny lives in Melbourne with his wife Mitch Vane, a speckled dog named Specky, and a badly-washed car.