The Gruffalo's Axel Scheffler and Christmas stamps

Best known for drawing a crooked-toothed monster that meets a mouse in the woods, Axel Scheffler has used his distinctive illustrative talents to create the 2012 set of Royal Mail Christmas stamps.

Here, take a look at how his humorous style, which helped make Julia Donaldson's Gruffalo books so successful, will adorn the corners of millions of envelopes this festive season.

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Artwork by Axel Scheffler. Music by Focus Music and Bing Crosby.

Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 13 December 2012.

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Room on the Broom - BBC One Christmas Day

Axel Scheffler at children's publisher Nosy Crow

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