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Julia Donaldson, the 2011-13 Waterstone's Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books, most notably The Gruffalo, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. In addition, Julia writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs - and her brilliant live children's shows are always in demand. Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator and the creator of many award-winning books for Macmillan. In addition to his acclaimed work with Julia Donaldson, he is also the illustrator of wonderful novelty and gift books such as the bestselling The Bedtime Bear and Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes.