Lear was an artist, illustrator, author and poet. 'The Owl and the Pussy-cat' is Lear's most popular work and has been loved by readers of all ages for generations. Charlotte Voake was born in Wales and studied at the University of London. Her first illustrations were published while she was studying there in 1978. She won the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Smarties Book Award twice. She has been shortlisted for both the Kurt Maschler Emil Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal.