Russell Ayto had a varied career before turning his attention to children's book illustration. He worked as both a postman and a scientific officer. He has illustrated numerous books for children including 'The Witch's Children and the Queen', winner of the Smarties Gold Award, 2003, and 'The Witch's Children Go to School' which won The Funniest Book for Children Aged 6 and Under, a category of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, 2008. He lives in Cornwall with his wife and two young children.
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