Author Gabrielle Wang was born in Melbourne, Australia, of Chinese heritage. Her maternal great-grandfather arrived in Australia during the Gold Rush and her father came from Shanghai. Gabrielle's numerous novels have won multiple awards; The Race for the Chinese Zodiac is her first picture book. She lives in Melbourne with her partner and two children. Born in Darwin, Australia, illustrator Sally Rippin grew up mainly in South-East Asia. She writes and illustrates for children of all ages, and has had over fifty children's books published, many of which have won awards. Sally lives in Melbourne. Regine Abos is the designer of many popular titles, both works of fiction and picture books. She lives in Melbourne.