Stephen Rice loves breakfast cereal, so he's devastated when his mum loses her job at the cereal factory and his endless supply runs out. The only way to satisfy his craving is to dine at his friends' houses. And there, one day, he sees the chance of a lifetime: DESIGN-A-CEREAL. Not only does Stephen's entry, Brick-a-Breck, win the competition, but he becomes a TV celebrity. Brick-a-Breck is unique: you can build things with each block of cereal and it won't go soggy. But you can have too much of a good thing, as Stephen soon discovers. His brilliant invention becomes a curse. Brick-a-Breck takes over his life - and the nation! How can life ever be rmal again?
For twenty years, Julia worked as a busker and performer (at cabarets, folk clubs, children's events etc). This led to television work as a songwriter: one of her songs was eventually made into a book, which led to her current career as a bestselling author. Her most popular book is The Gruffalo, which won the Smarties Gold Prize in 1999, and outsold all other picture books in 2000.