About the Author
Julia Donaldson has written one of the most world’s best-loved children’s books, including modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, which together have sold over 17 million copies around the globe, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, in addition to poems, plays and songs – and her brilliant live shows are at all times in demand. She was once the United Kingdom Children’s Laureate 2011-13 and has been honoured with a CBE for Services and products to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.
Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator whose instantly recognizable, warm and witty illustrations have achieved around the globe acclaim and a large number of awards. Axel is the illustrator of wonderful novelty, gift and poetry books for Macmillan, such as Fish Who Dream of Trees (Two Hoots) and the bestselling The Bedtime Bear, The Tickle Book and Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes – and of course, he’s the illustrator of one of the most world’s best-loved picture books, including modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, which together have sold over 17 million copies around the globe. Axel’s artwork is exhibited internationally; he has illustrated for lots of charities and designed the Royal Mail Christmas stamps in 2012. Born in Hamburg, Axel now lives with his family in London.