about the author: Mary Hoffman lives just outside Oxford where she writes in a room with big French windows looking out onto her garden. Her first book was published in 1975 and since then, she has written over ninety books for children and teenagers, including the picture book Amazing Grace, the Stravaganza series of fantasy novels and a number of historical novels, including The Falconer's Knot and Troubadour. The Twelve Dancing Princesses is one of her favourite fairytales. This is her first project with Barefoot Books. about the artist: Miss Clara is a French artist with a gift for creating delicate and intricate illustrations. First, she creates miniature maquettes of princesses, princes, fairies, hobgoblins and other magical creatures, then she makes detailed scenes in which to photograph them. She finishes these images digitally to create the evocative and ethereal atmosphere that characterises her work. Miss Clara is also illustrated The Snow Queen.