Julia Donaldson is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books, and was the 2011-2013 UK Children's Laureate. Her books include THE GRUFFALO, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 50 languages. Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs -- and her brilliant live children's shows are always in demand. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between Sussex and Edinburgh. Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator whose warm and funny illustrations have achieved world-wide acclaim and won numerous awards. In addition to his picture books, Axel is the illustrator of wonderful novelty and gift books, such as the bestselling THE BEDTIME BEAR and MOTHER GOOSE'S NURSERY RHYMES. He lives in London.