Axel Scheffler, who gave shape to the famous "Grüffelo", is the most successful German illustrator of the present. Born in Hamburg in 1957, he studied art history in Hamburg. In 1982, he moved to England to study visual communication in Crosham at the "Bath Academy of Arts". He did not learn there, Scheffler admits, but he had been able to draw for three years. He then worked for magazines, painted whiskey advertising, and began to illustrate children's books. It was a stroke of luck that he met the Scottish children's book author and lyricist Julia Donaldson. Scheffler and Donaldson created more than ten books, including "Zogg", "Flunkerfisch", "The Snail and the Humpback Whale", "Hundreds of Cats and Cats", "Räuberratte" and "Das Grüffelo" "Das Grüffelokind", with which both were world-famous. Axel Scheffler lives in London.

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