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Axel Scheffler

  • 5 stars across 25 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 August 1999

    The Gruffalo

    "A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good." Walk further into th... More

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    4th June 2004

    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 too small?... More

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    25th May 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

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    1st June 2015

    Axel Scheffler 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

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    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

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    5th September 2008

    Mother Goose's Playtime Rhymes

    Once there was a mother goose who had three little goslings. Her playful young family could be a handful at times but ... More

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    25th May 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

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    10th November 2014

    Y Falwn Fawr

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    1st September 2006

    Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes: and how she came to tell them

    Join Mother Goose and her three little goslings, Boo, Lucy and Small, as they enjoy eighty-eight favourite traditional n... More

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    1st December 2010

    In the Jungle

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    2nd November 2016

    On the Farm

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    26th October 2001

    Proverbs From Far and Wide

    If the baboon could see his own behind, he would laugh too. From quarrelling hippopotamuses in Buganda to dri... More

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    30th September 2008

    Am Fuamhaire Spaideil

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    8th September 2008

    Te Bheag A'Ghruffalo

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    22nd May 2014

    Freddy the Frog Bath Book

    Freddy the Frog Bath Book is a soft, bright and colourful story book from award-winning illustrator Axel Scheffler... More

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    28th June 2016

    Mother Goose's Bedtime Rhymes

    From Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to Hush-a-bye Baby, these twelve classic nursery rhymes and traditional lullabies are... More

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    20th April 2017

    Mother Goose's Animal Rhymes: Book and CD Pack

    From Baa Baa Black Sheep to Mary Had a Little Lamb, these twelve classic nursery rhymes and traditional lullabies are ... More

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    20th April 2017

    Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes: Book and CD Pack

    From Humpty Dumpty to Jack and Jill, these twelve classic nursery rhymes and traditional lullabies are beautifully ill... More

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    13th July 2017

    Axel Scheffler's Nursery Rhymes

    From Humpty Dumpty to Jack and Jill, these classic nursery rhymes and traditional lullabies come in a CD case beautifull... More

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    1st February 2005

    Sound-button Buggy Buddies: Pip the Puppy

    Pip is a pup with a very loud bark, She scares all the cats when she strolls through the park! Beautifully illustrated b... More

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    18th February 2005

    Sound-button Buggy Buddies: Freddy the Frog

    Freddy's a frog with goggly eyes, He's small and fat and loves catching flies. Beautifully illustrated by Axel Scheffler... More

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    18th February 2005

    Sound-button Buggy Buddies: Lizzy the Lamb

    Lizzie's a lamb who loves to have fun, She plays in the fields and skips in the sun! Beautifully illustrated by Axel Sch... More

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    7th February 2019

    Axel Scheffler First Jungle Buggy Book

    Make your way around the jungle and name all the different animals as you go in this bright and colourful buggy board ... More

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    7th February 2019

    Axel Scheffler First Farm Buggy Book

    Make your way around the farm and name all the different animals as you go in this bright and colourful buggy board bo... More

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