Alain Gr e is a French author and illustrator of children's books. He has had over 300 books published and translated into 20 different languages. He has also worked as a children's broadcaster on French national television, produced three detective novels, ten ship navigation books, and been a journalist for 20 years for Voiles et Voiliers (sailing ships) magazine. He is currently a graphic designer and editor for various advertising publications. His main hobby is sailing. He's owned several boats since the 1970s and has crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice. He finds his sailing trips provide the perfect time out to work on new children's stories and illustrations. He lives in St.Tropez, France.