If you’re into children’s books, then the chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of Julia Donaldson, author of hit books like The Gruffalo and Stick Man. But what is a children’s book without a great illustrator to bring the words to life? Today we’re going to shine the spotlight on the Gruffalo’s very own illustrator: Axel Scheffler.
Axel Scheffler was born in Germany, but he’s best known for his work with famous writer Julia Donaldson. Regardless of what his projects are, his style is distinctive and silly enough to really stand out on a book shelf.
While we all know and love Scheffler from the Guffalo, he’s done a number of other cool projects. He illustrated a small book called How to Keep a Pet Squirrel. He was also commissioned to redo the illustrations for TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
He’s also known for drawing funny little illustrations on envelopes that he sends to his friends. Tom Bonnick of Nosy Crow publishing created a blog post filled with all of his favorite pieces of art that Scheffler has sent him over the years. It inspires me to not only write letters, but to get a little creative with how I decorate my own envelopes!
What is your favorite book illustrated by Axel Scheffler? I’m a big fan of Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book. Let us know in the comments below!