This beautiful painting is one from Christopher Norman's back catalogue, and one which Richard Dodd's children enjoyed at an exhibit. Shortly afterwards, Zack Corbin began talking about "secret passageways" on the journey to and from school. His school-friends caught on and the idea of secret passageways really got their young creative minds going.
Therefore, this book is more Zack's story than Richard's. In the author's words, "Zack owns the story, all of the ideas are his and his alone. I just put it into words." Zack was very excited to become an author just like his step-dad and all of his school friends are very proud of him.