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Axel Scheffler

  • 5 stars across 38 books
    Axel Scheffler Biography

    Axel Scheffler is an acclaimed illustrator, animator and more recently author of children's books. He was born in Hamburg in 1957 and moved to England in 1982 in order to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art. He then worked for a variety of advertising companies, magazines and newspapers in both England and Germany. 

    His big break into the world of children’s book illustration came when he was asked to illustrate A Squash and a Squeeze, Julia Donaldson’s first book. This was to be the start of a long and very successful partnership. They have collaborated on many books including The Gruffalo, a worldwide bestseller, which has sold over 13.5 million copies and been translated into 60 languages. 

    In recent years Scheffler has turned his hand to writing as well as illustrating, creating the adorable characters of Pip and Posy, a mouse and a rabbit, in a series of books aimed at toddlers. He is also the author of The Pocket Library series, a set of rhyming books about animals, again aimed at toddlers, and the Flip Flap book series that includes Flip Flap Farm

    Scheffler has also illustrated for many other writers including Phillip Ardagh, author of the series of books about the Grunts, and Ian Whybrow, author of The Bedtime Bear.  

    Axel Scheffler Facts

    - In a number of the books that Axel Scheffler has illustrated for Julia Donaldson there is a small sketch of a Gruffalo, you have to look very carefully to find them! 

    - When Scheffler sends illustrations to Julia Donaldson in the post he decorates the envelopes with doodles.  

    - Axel Scheffler designed Christmas cards for Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister in 2006  

    - In 2012 Scheffler was approached by the Royal Mail to design a series of 5 Christmas stamps. 

    - Like many artists Scheffler is very critical of his own work, he admits that he had a hard time drawing The Gruffalo, and didn’t enjoy drawing him at all.  

    Our Favourite Axel Scheffler Book Characters 

    The Mouse in Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo 
    Mr. Grunt in Philip Ardagh’s The Grunts in Trouble 
    Master Criminal Macavity in T. S Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats 
    Pip and Posy in Axel Scheffler’s Pip and Posy books
    21st April 2016

    The Gruffalo

    A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good. Walk fu... More

    (356 reviews)
    4th June 2004

    A Squash and a Squeeze

    ''Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a squash and squeeze.'' What can you do if your house is... More

    (128 reviews)
    2nd June 2016

    Sound-Button Stories: Cuddly Cow

    Cuddly Cow is ready for bed, but she can't get to sleep anywhere! As she visits her farmyard friends, will she find the ... More

    (12 reviews)
    23rd June 2022

    Who's Hiding In The Jungle?: A Felt Flaps Book

    Help the monkeys look for their friend in Who's Hiding in the Jungle? Lift the felt flaps to see where he is. W... More

    (3 reviews)
    1st June 2015

    Treasury of Rhyming Stories Book and CD

    Katie, Pip and Freddy are lively creatures who love to make noise, dance about and have fun. Beautifully illustrated b... More

    (2 reviews)
    28th June 2016

    Mother Goose's Action Rhymes

    From I'm a Little Teapot to Row, Row, Row Your Boat, these twelve classic nursery rhymes and traditional action songs ... More

    (2 reviews)
    2nd June 2016

    Sound-Button Stories: Portly Pig

    Portly Pig loves nothing more than being mucky! He sets off around the farm in search of a big muddy puddle, but what wi... More

    (2 reviews)
    3rd March 2022

    Who's Hiding On The Farm?: A Felt Flaps Book

    Help Little Chick look for Mummy Hen in Who's Hiding on the Farm? Lift the felt flaps to see where she is. W... More

    (2 reviews)
    11th May 2023

    Who's Hiding on Safari?: A Felt Flaps Book

    Hello Little Cub look for Daddy Lion in Who's Hiding on Safari? Lift the felt flaps to see where he is. Which other anim... More

    (2 reviews)
    2nd November 2016

    On the Farm

    (1 review)
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