Hjordis Varmer is one of the most widely read children's authors in Denmark with eighty-six books to her credit, ranging from beginning readers to historical novels. Characteristic of her books are their thoroughly researched historical backgrounds. She has also translated a number of children's books into Danish. She lives in Hundested, Denmark.
Lilian Brogger won the Danish HC Andersen Award for her illustrations in this book -- an award that has never before been given to a children's book illustrator. She was the Danish nominee for the IBBY Andersen Illustrator's Medal in 2002 and 2004.