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 her most recent collaborations with Axel Scheffler include THE SMARTEST GIANT IN TOWN and THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE, which are all available on audio CD and cassette. Julia is also much in demand for her brilliant events for children at schools, libraries and literary festivals. 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.