Mr and Mrs Deer would love to have a baby, and one day their wish comes true: they find a little antlered bundle on their doorstep. But the baby keeps roaring, so they ask for advice from family and friends, who sent them off to fetch what they think the baby needs. But it's very peculiar, because each time Mr and Mrs Deer come back from their errands, someone has gone missing. It takes a wide Grandmother Elephant to purp the baby and spot the problem: the baby's not a baby: it's a little monster who burps up everyone who's disappeared.
Simon Puttock was born in a town named after a boot and brought up all over the shop. This has led to a lifelong confusion about Where Things Are. He also cannot do left and right in a hurry. For this reason he has thankfully never learned to drive. When asked about himself, he will admit to being left-handed and interested in cacti. He says he likes lots of other things too, but often forgets what they are.
As a writer, he thinks it is important to be well organised, use notebooks and stick to a routine, and wishes he could do any of these things.
Simon is currently looking forward to trying to grow tomatoes on his window sill. And then eating them. (He hopes that by the time you read this, he will have achieved this ambition.)