Julia Donaldson, the 2011-13 UK Children’s Laureate, is the prize-winning author of the world’s most-loved picture books, from THE GRUFFALO to WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD. In addition, Julia also writes fiction as well as poems, plays and songs — and her brilliant live children’s shows are always in demand. Clare Melinsky’s beautiful lino-cuts follow the style of traditional woodcuts. Over the last twenty years her illustrations have been used in books, magazines and newspapers, and include the Harry Potter covers for Bloomsbury. She lives in Scotland.