Julia Donaldson is one of today's most popular children's writers. Her many bestselling picture book collaborations with Axel Scheffler include The Gruffalo's Child, The Snail and the Whale and Charlie Cook's Favourite Book. Julia also writes plays and songs, and is always in demand for her brilliant children's shows. Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator in the children's book world, and has created many wonderful books for Macmillan. He has enjoyed particular acclaim for his work with Julia Donaldson, but is also the creator of fantastic novelty books such as The Tickle Book, as well as Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes, a treasury of nursery rhymes and original stories.