JULIA DONALDSON, recently appointed as the Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved children's books, most notably the modern classicThe Gruffalo, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. She has also written the young fiction series Princess Mirror-Belle, illustrated by Lydia Monks.
Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs - and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She lives in Glasgow with her husband, Malcolm, and their family.
AXEL SCHEFFLER is a star illustrator in the world of children's books, and has created many bestsellers including the award-winningThe Gruffaloand its irresistible sequelThe Gruffalo's Child. Born in Hamburg, Axel now lives in London where he works in a studio overlooking a quiet garden populated by birds and foxes.