Allan Plenderleith was born in East Kilbride, Scotland. His first cartoon series, The Odd Squad, became a best-selling range of greetings cards and now over 40 Odd Squad books have been published.
His first book for children, THE SMELLY SPROUT, has become a best-selling Christmas classic and he has since published his second title, THE BOY GIANT, a finalist for the 2011 People's Book Prize.
Other children's titles by Allan:
THE SILLY SATSUMA
THE CHRISTMAS CARROT
THE BONKERS BANANA
He is also a scriptwriter for children's television, and has written episodes for many top pre-school shows such as Tree Fu Tom, Thomas & Friends, Noddy in Toytown and Horrid Henry.