Each illustration in this book traces a craft or manufacturing process from raw materials through to the finished product. The illustrations make many of the processes self-explanatory, and where further explanation is needed, "Chester the Tester" and "Q" provide the answers, along with the text.
I'm a British author, and I have been writing since 1983. In that time I have had some 90 books published, by Oxford University Press, Kingfisher, Walker Books, Franklin Watts, Dorling Kindersley and other publishers.
Most of my books are illustrated information books for children, but I have also written children's stories, and several books for adults. Some have won prizes: Pirate Diary (Walker Books) won a Smarties silver prize, and a Blue Peter award. Three other books reached the Aventis science prize shortlist.
I don't just write books: I have written restaurant reviews, corporate reports, TV scripts and museum interpretation, and I have appeared on TV and radio.