Lars Klinting has written and/or illustrated over 20 children's books in his native Sweden. He is most famous for his beaver books, which have been translated into 18 languages and have sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. Like Harvey, Lars is very handy. He trained as a carpenter and also enjoys sewing, cooking, gardening and painting. In 1987, Lars was awarded the Elsa Beskow Plaque for illustration and in 1990 the IBBY presented him with an honorary diploma for illustration. He lives outside of Stockholm with his wife, also a children's book illustrator.