Lisbeth Zwerger was born in Vienna in 1954. After studying at the Applied Arts Academy of Vienna she became an award-winning illustrator. Her style is similar to that of English illustrators of the 19th century. In 1990 she won the the Hans Christian Andersen Medal as well as special recognition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Her Noah's Ark, Little Red Cap and The Wizard of Oz were all selected by The New York Times as a "Best Illustrated Books of the Year."