Author(s): Simon Mitchell
Marty (a.k.a the Baked Bean Bandit) and his farting coach Mr Windybottom are off to China at the invitation of Mr Windybottom's old guru Master Pong, leader of the Order of the Sacred Wind. Master Pong and his warrior monks have dedicated their lives to achieving a perfect balance of mind, body and flatulence, and they take their flatulent power from the sacred Beans of Destiny. When Marty arrives at Pong's monastery, he soon discovers that the monks are being challenged by the evil General Pu, who is determined to take the Beans for himself. Only Marty - now revealed as the Bum Whisperer of ancient prophecy - can defeat the forces of evil and bring eternal peace to the Order of the Sacred Wind. Once again, appalling puns and jokes make this story a brilliantly funny read.
Simon Mitchell worked as a computer programmer before deciding to branch out and 'try writing in a language that consisted of more than 1's and 0's'. He has completed a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, where he wrote the first draft of The Baked Bean Bandit, and was selected in 2008 to be the recipient of a May Gibbs Literature Trust mentorship. The Baked Bean Bandit was his first work of junior fiction, and he is also the author of a picture book to be published in 2010. Simon lives in Melbourne. Gus Gordon is an illustrator/author based on the northern beaches of Sydney. He grew up in northern NSW and, after leaving school, worked on cattle stations all over Australia before deciding to draw. Gus moved to Sydney and studied at the Julian Ashton School of Art while drawing cartoons for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Gus has illustrated over 60 children's books, the latest of which are The Undys series by Michael Wagner, The Baked Bean Bandit by Simon Mitchell (Aussie Bites), The Adventures of Danny by Pat Flynn, and A Home for Gnomes by Margaret Clark. Gus is also author and illustrator of A Day with Noodles (Puffin Baby) and Wendy, the book about the adventure seeking chook we all love and admire.