Karen George has always loved drawing and painting and as a child it was her absolute favourite thing to do. A graduate of The Royal College of Art, Karen used to paint sets for films but turned her creative attentions to picture book illustration after becoming mum to her two young sons. In 2009 Karen won the inaugural Waterstones' Picture This competition. She then illustrated Julia Donaldson's stories, Freddie and the Fairy and Wake up Do, Lydia Lou! She now writes her own stories as well as illustrating, and lives in Bristol with her family and Dr Calamari the cat.