Quiet! was the second picture book I had published. Baby Leo lion is fast asleep and Pa Lion says he will eat any creature that makes a noise and wakes Leo up. I tried writing lots of other stories about being asleep or being woken up before finally writing this one. That happens with a lot of my stories – I write lots of not-very-good versions before getting one that I’m happy with. When somebody does finally make a loud, loud noise, will Leo wake up? And who is it making the noise?

Quiet! was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award in 2004 – it didn’t win, but I did get a Blue Peter badge!

Quiet is also available with a CD, narrated by Jamie Theakston and Doon Mackichan.