Prolific illustrator and animator, Axel Scheffler is best known for his cartoon-like illustrations for children’s books, particularly The Gruffalo of which over 13.5 million copies have been sold worldwide.
Scheffler moved to England in 1982 where he studied at the Bath Academy of Art in 1985, working in advertising and publishing after his graduation. His ongoing partnership with author Julia Donaldson began in 1992, famously producing The Gruffalo 1999 and The Gruffalo’s Child 2004. He has drawn illustrations for a number of other highly successful books including Muddle Farm and The Bedtime Bear. In addition to his enduring partnership with Julia Donaldson, Scheffler has illustrated for authors; Jon Blake, Paul Shipton, David Henry Wilson, Uwe Timm, Paul van Loon and Toon Tellegen.
In 2009 Scheffler was commissioned by Faber and Faber to provide illustrations for a new edition of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, published to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the book and the 80th anniversary of Faber and Faber. He has designed Christmas cards for Gordon Brown and illustrated a series of seven Christmas stamps for Royal Mail in 2012. Illustrating for authors of children’s books from Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, Scheffler’s books have been translated into 42 languages.