Mauri Kunnas was born in 1950 in the small Southwestern Finnish town of Vammala. He began drawing early on, following his passion to the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. At first an illustrator of comic strips and political cartoons, Kunnas published his first children’s book in 1975: The Book of Finnish Elves, which soon became a bestseller in Finland. Since then, Kunnas has written and illustrated over forty children’s books. Among his many awards, he was the winner of the Finnish Picture Book Prize in 1992, the 2009 Lifetime Award for Positivity, and the 2013 State Award for Public Information for a distinguished life’s work. In his spare time, Kunnas enjoys the Beatles, playing the guitar, films, and history – as well as watching thunderstorms.