Julia Donaldson is one of the UK's best-loved and most successful authors of children's books. In addition to the Smarties Gold Award-winning THE GRUFFALO (0 333 71093 2) her most recent collaborations with Axel Scheffler include THE SMARTEST GIANT IN TOWN (0 333 96396 2), THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE (0 333 98224 X) and CHARLIE COOK'S FAVOURITE BOOK (1 405 03469 6), publishing in September 2005. Julia is also much in demand for her brilliant events for children. Axel Scheffler has achieved worldwide acclaim for his humorous illustrations, and his books have been translated into over 29 languages. He has enjoyed particular success in his award-winning picture book collaborations with Julia Donaldson, but is also the best-selling illustrator of novelty books such as THE BEDTIME BEAR (1 405 04993 6).