Lucy Cousins' unique, colourful style has made her one of the most renowned author-illustrators in the world of children's picture books. Born in the UK in 1964, she studied art at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at Brighton Polytechnic, and later received her postgraduate degree from the Royal College of Art.

Her first picture book, Portly's Hat, was published before her graduation, and in 1988 she went on to win the Bologna Children's Book Fair Graphics Prize. Best known today for her acclaimed Maisy series, her numerous other works include Hooray for Fish!, Noah's Ark, and Katy Cat and Beaky Boo. In February 2010, Iwasaki Shoten Publishers also released a Japanese translation of Lucy Cousins' Yummy – Eight Favourite Fairy Tales.