Axel Scheffler was born in Hamburg in 1957. He studied Visual Communications at Bath Academy of Art from 1982-85.
After that, he worked as a free-lance illustrator in London for various publications and publishers in the UK, Germany and France.
His collaboration with Julia Donaldson started in 1992 with "A Squash and a Squeeze" and led to the publication in 1999 of their most well-known work "The Gruffalo", which has been translated into 49 languages.
Information provided by Axel Scheffler (November 2012)