Claude Ponti was born in Lorraine, France and educated at the School of Fine Arts in Aix-en-Provence. After graduating, he primarily worked as a cartoonist for the newspaper The Express. It was only the birth of his daughter in 1985 that spurred him to devote himself to children’s books. His books often involve puns, made-up words, and references to Alice in Wonderland. Ponti has said that the dreamlike world in his books “speaks of the inner life and emotions of childhood, so every child can put what he or she wants in the images: his or her own characters and dreams.” He has received many accolades for his work, including the Prix Sorcières and a nomination for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.