Lida Dijkstra (b. 1961) grew up in Friesland and studied at Leiden University, intending to become a museum curator, art historian and archaeologist. In 1992 she began to write stories, first in Friesian and then also in Dutch. In February 2000 Wolken fan wol appeared, an adaptation of six tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The book was selected for the 2002 IBBY Honours List and was published in Dutch in September 2001 by Lemniscaat, as Waiting for Apollo (Wachten op Apollo). This Dutch version was given an honourable mention in 2002 by the Golden Kiss jury, one of the most important youth literature prizes in the Netherlands. Imagination, humour and clear language are the hallmarks of her writing. She won a prize for her Verhalen voor de vossenbroertjes (Stories for the Little Fox Brothers), a surprising and quirky take on the medieval classic Van den vos Reynaerde, the story of Reynard the fox.