Axel was born in Hamburg Germany in 1957. He moved to the UK in 1982 to study visual communications at Bath Academy of Art and has worked as a freelance illustrator in London since 1987. He is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well-loved children’s books. He is best known for his collaborations with Julia Donaldson, such as ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Pip and Posy’ series. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world.