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Anna Milbourne has been writing children's books for Usborne for over eight years, and has had around thirty books published. She was born near the seaside in North-West England, but now she lives in London. She wanted to write books ever since she was a little girl, and so her job makes her very happy. She lives in a small house on the top of a hill. It has a roof garden from which she has a very good view of the moon, and also of the trains which go past the end of the garden.
Serena Riglietti was born in Milan but now she lives in Pesaro, a little town on the seaside in Italy. She has been illustrating children's books for fifteen years, and has had about sixty books published. Originally, she wanted be a vet. Having decided to draw for a living instead, she likes stories with animals in them best. Serena has two children, Francesco and Tommaso, to whom, every evening, she shows how many stars there are in the sky. She also has a dog called Artù, who is mostly in love with a hen and never looks at the stars.
Pipkin is a gorgeous penguin who is very inquisitive, always asking questions and seeking adventure. So his mother suggests he dives in to take a look under the ice. Of course adventurous Pipkin does more than just that; he wants an answer to his really big question - how deep is the sea? So he heads deeper and deeper asking the same question to everyone he encounters, from seals and whales until he meets a sea dog in a submarine and that’s where his adventure really begins. Going down and down in the submarine it gets darker and darker with fewer and fewer things to see until they hit the sea bed where all around him are towering mountains. His mother is very pleased to see him back and even more pleased to hear of his epic adventure to the bottom of the sea. There is a fantastic long, long poster at the back of the book, which shows how far pipkin went and how deep the sea really is. Wonderful.
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