MALACHY DOYLE is a prize-winning author of over 90 books for children of all ages. His stories have been translated into 23 different languages. He lives on a tiny island off the north-west coast of Ireland. Blast Off! is Malachy's fourth QED Storytime book, after Albert and Sarah Jane, Digger and Lew and Danny, the Duck with No Quack. GILL MCLEAN worked as a children's book designer before turning to illustration work. She is the illustrator of several popular children's books, including the QED Storytime Blast Off! Her fun animal characters and beautiful painting style make her illustrations unique.