Axel Scheffler

Children's book illustrator.

Axel Scheffler

Biography

Date of birth: 1957

Axel Scheffler is a book illustrator best known for creating artwork for children's books, particularly The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child written by Julia Donaldson.

Originally from Germany, he came to England in 1982. He studied at the Bath Academy of Art and worked in advertising and publishing after graduating in 1985.

His big break came in 1992 when he was approached by Julia Donaldson's publisher to illustrate her first picture book, A Squash and a Squeeze. However, it wasn't until the book's launch party that he finally met Julia in person, and the rest as they say is history.

According to Julia, "...it was through him sending me pictures for fun that I got to know him personally. He started sending letters and postcards - he still does - and he would decorate the envelopes with paintings, or incorporate a stamp of the Queen and turn it into one of the Queen mounted on a Gruffalo."(The Independent)

Axel and Julia have now collaborated together for over 20 years and remain one of the most creative partnerships in the Children's books world, drawing comparisons to Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake.

Whilst Axel's illustrations have become famous worldwide, he prefers to shy away from the limelight, instead he works in a renovated attic overlooking a peaceful garden with a walnut tree.

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Superworm

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The wiggly, squiggly superhero is now available in paperback. Never fear, Superworm's here! He can fish Spider out of a well, and rescue Toad from a busy road. But who will come to Superworm's rescue, when he's captured by a wicked...
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The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 21/08/1999
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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The Highway Rat (Hardback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Hardback 32 pages
Published: 01/09/2011
Publisher: Alison Green Books

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'Give me your buns and your biscuits! Give me your chocolate eclairs! For I am the Rat of the highway, and the Rat Thief never shares!' Life... Read more

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Zog

Zog (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 01/09/2011
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Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He's also the most accident-prone. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his... Read more

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Tales from Acorn Wood Activity Book

Tales from Acorn Wood Activity Book (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 16 pages
Published: 05/08/2011
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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This great value activity book includes over 40 reusable stickers and is packed with colouring-in, games, puzzles and much more. Featuring all your... Read more

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Stick Man

Stick Man

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Other book format 30 pages
Published: 05/05/2011
Publisher: Alison Green Books

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Since its publication in September 2008, the story of Stick Man's courageous journey back to his family tree has captured the imagination of... Read more

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Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Other book format 26 pages
Published: 01/11/2010
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Charlie Cook is reading a book about a pirate captain, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading about a knight, who is reading about a... Read more

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The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 03/09/2004
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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One tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and... Read more

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Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 20/09/2002
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and... Read more

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The Gruffalo's Child (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 02/09/2005
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One dark night the Gruffalo's child disobeys her father's warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't... Read more

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How to Keep a Pet Squirrel

How to Keep a Pet Squirrel (Hardback)

by Axel Scheffler

Format: Hardback 40 pages
Published: 07/10/2010
Publisher: Faber & Faber

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'Such an animal is difficult to tame and always likely, when suddenly alarmed, to give our finger a nasty nip with its teeth.' While dipping... Read more

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 72 pages
Published: 07/10/2010
Publisher: Faber Children's Books

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Cats! Some are sane, some are mad and some are good and some are bad. You can meet magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum... Read more

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Tabby McTat

Tabby McTat

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Mixed media product 32 pages
Published: 02/06/2011
Publisher: Alison Green Books

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Tabby McTat is a busker's cat, with a miaow that is loud and strong. But when the busker has an accident, the two are separated. Will they ever... Read more

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Tales from Acorn Wood: Fox's Socks

Tales from Acorn Wood: Fox's Socks

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Other book format 14 pages
Published: 07/01/2011
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'Poor old fox has lost his socks. He looks in a chest and finds a vest.' Can you help fox find his socks? Are they in the kitchen or under... Read more

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Monkey Puzzle

Monkey Puzzle (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 11/08/2000
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Can butterfly help little monkey find his mum? Yes, finally, but only after a lot of trial and error as butterfly misunderstands monkey's... Read more

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Tales From Acorn Wood: Rabbit's Nap

Tales From Acorn Wood: Rabbit's Nap

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Other book format 14 pages
Published: 07/01/2011
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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'Rabbit's feeling sleepy. She curls up in a chair. Tap! Tap! Who's that? Oh dear! It's Builder Bear.' Rabbit is trying to get to... Read more

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Tiddler

Tiddler (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 01/09/2008
Publisher: Alison Green Books

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The smallest fish can tell the tallest tales..."Sorry I'm late, Miss. I set off really early but on the way to school I was captured by a... Read more

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The Smartest Giant in Town

The Smartest Giant in Town (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 05/09/2003
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new... Read more

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Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter

Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter (Paperback)

by Axel Scheffler

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 10/01/2013
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Pip and Posy are typical toddlers: they are best friends and they have fun...but sometimes, just like any other toddler, they get cross and sad, so... Read more

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A Squash and a Squeeze

A Squash and a Squeeze (Paperback)

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 03/01/2013
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This laugh-out-loud story was the first to be created by the award-winning team of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, marking the beginning of the... Read more

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Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book (Paperback)

by Axel Scheffler, et al.

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 01/09/2006
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Tales From Acorn Wood: Postman Bear

Tales From Acorn Wood: Postman Bear

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Other book format 14 pages
Published: 07/01/2011
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'Bear is writing letters. One, two, three. Bear goes out to post them. Who lives in this tree?' Bear is writing letters to his friends. Lift... Read more

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Tales From Acorn Wood: Hide & Seek Pig

Tales From Acorn Wood: Hide & Seek Pig

by Julia Donaldson, et al.

Format: Other book format 6 pages
Published: 07/01/2011
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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'Now it's time for Pig to seek. Can you see a yellow beak?' Pig and Hen are playing hide-and-seek. Can you lift the flaps and help Pig... Read more

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Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Farm

Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Farm

by Axel Scheffler

Format: Other book format
Published: 05/09/2013
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd

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What do you get if you cross a pig with a turkey? Why, that would be a purkey! And a sheep with a rabbit? That would be a shabbit, of course! A very... Read more

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Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster - Pip and Posy

Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster - Pip and Posy (Paperback)

by Axel Scheffler

Format: Paperback 32 pages
Published: 04/08/2013
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd

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When Pip comes to Posy's house wearing a scary monster mask, he gives Posy a bit of a fright! Oh, dear! But when she works out it's only... Read more

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