Axel Scheffler talks about Brexit, his love of English and French cheeses and his untidiness, amongst other things in the Q&A feature for the FT
What drives you on?
Maybe I should say, the whips of my publishers! It sounds quite cheesy, but it is the popularity of the books and the affection I get from children and parents. I often think I should retire and do something else; paint or something. I feel I have done enough books for the children of this world to read — even babies have a lot to read these days. But I will carry on a few more years.
What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?
I guess it’s not my decision. Probably creating The Gruffalo with Julia Donaldson. That’s the most successful book. I wouldn’t consider it the best thing I’ve ever done, but it’s the greatest achievement.