Mary Murphy is one of the most talented young author/illustrators publishing today. Her hallmark brightly-coloured illustrations and heart-warming storylines have won her much critical acclaim. Her first book I Like it When (Egmont) was published in 1997. Since then she has published a number of successful picture books, including The Flyaway Alphabet (Egmont, 2002), How Kind (Walker Books, 2002), I Kissed the Baby (Walker Books, 2003) and two titles in the Flying Foxes series for Random House; All the Little Ones - and a Half (2001) and Moonchap (2003). She studied Illustration at the College of Marketing and Design and has worked as a freelance illustrator for design and advertising companies. She lives in Ireland.