Frances Watts was born in Switzerland and grew up in Australia. Her bestselling picture books include Goodnight Mice! (ill. Judy Watson), the winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Children’s Fiction; 2008 Children’s Book Council of Australia award-winner Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books (ill. David Legge) and Kisses for Daddy (ill. David Legge). Her most recent picture book is A Very Quacky Christmas (ill. Ann James). Frances is also the author of a fantasy/adventure series, the Gerander Trilogy, and the medieval Sword Girl series (ill. Gregory Rogers). Her young adult novel The Peony Lantern, set in nineteenth-century Japan, was shortlisted for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 2016. Under the pen name Alex Ratt she has written the humorous short-story collections The Stinky Street Stories and 2 Stinky! (ill. Jules Faber).