Judith Eiselin (b. 1970) grew up with a twin sister, a journalist father and a mother who ran a puppet show. So it makes perfect sense that she realised she wanted to become a writer at the age of six. She studied Dutch and went on to work as a children’s book reviewer at NRC Handelsblad for ten years. Then she decided it was time to make her dream come true. Her books, which include De ogen van Jesleia (2004) and De 1001 geheimen van Eva Zout (2006), have been widely praised, because of Eiselin’s empathy with young children and her style, which is contemporary, without being trendy. According to Eiselin, the most important ingredients of a successful children’s book are ‘liveliness, humour, striking, telling detail and a good build-up of suspense’.