Annet Schaap (b. 1965) is best known in the Netherlands as the illustrator for successful authors such as Francine Oomen, Jacques Vriens and Janneke Schotveld. After studying at two art schools, in Kampen and The Hague, she has illustrated around two hundred picture books since 1991. She has also studied creative writing and worked for a youth theatre as a poster maker and scriptwriter, with a dream of one day creating a book that she both illustrated and wrote. Her literary debut came as a complete surprise to most readers and was soon declared to be one of the best books of the year. Lampie and the Children of the Sea was unanimously praised, won all the main Dutch children’s book prizes and became an international bestseller.