Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in 1785 and 1786 near Frankfurt, Germany. In their early twenties, they began the linguistic studies that would culminate in their collected editions of folk- and fairy tales. They got their stories from peasants and villagers, and sometimes from already-published works from other cultures. Jacob did much of the research; Wilhelm put the stories into literary form.
Laura Filippucci was born in Milan, Italy. She is a children's book illustrator who studied illustration at the Istituto Europeo di Design in her hometown and the School of Visual Arts in New York. She was an UNICEF Award winner at the 25th Illustrators’ Exhibition at Bologna Children’s Book Fair. She lives in Milan with her husband, also an illustrator, and their three children.