Emma Chichester Clark studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College. She won the Mother Goose Award in 1988 as the best newcomer to children's book illustration. Since then she has become internationally renowned for her illustrations of books by such well-known authors as Margaret Mahy, Roald Dahl and Anne Fine. Her first book for Pavilion was Thumbelina, a sensitive retelling by Jane Falloon of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. She has just won the Grinzane Junior Award 2000, and is the first-ever winner of this new international children's book award.