Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire. He has a degree in graphics and an MA in Illustration from the RCA. An authority on birds and mammals, he has been a freelance illustrator since 1982 and has taught at various art colleges around the country including Glasgow School of Art where he devised and ran the Illustration degree course for seven years. Most of his books are collaborations with his wife, Brita Granstrom and they have had great success with their joint projects. Their first book together, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Award in 1996 and their second book, What’s Under the Bed? took the TES Junior Information Book award in 1997. Some of Mick and Brita’s other books include the Fly on the Wall Series: Pharaoh’s Egypt, Viking Longship, Roman Fort and Greek Hero.