Julia Donaldson is the author of some of the 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 worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs - and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She was Children's Laureate 2011-13 and has been honoured with a CBE for Services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.
Sebastien Braun studied fine and applied arts at Strasbourg University. He then taught applied arts before becoming a freelance illustrator. When Sebastien moved to London in 2000 he developed his illustrations for children and since then has been working exclusively on children's picture books including the bestselling Spinderella by Julia Donaldson.