Is it difficult to think of the first line of a new story?
"Once upon a time" takes a lot of beating.
Who is your favourite author and what is your favourite book?
Richmal Crompton - Just William.
Do you have a favourite illustrator and what do you find special about their work?
Aubrey Beardsley - oriental richness achieved with great economy.
Jan Pieñkowski was born in Warsaw but moved to England when he was 10 years old. In 1972, he won the Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations for The Kingdom Under the Sea and again in 1980 for his pop-up book Haunted House.
Although Jan is best known for his Meg and Mog series of books, he has both written and illustrated more than 100 books for children.
This year, Jan has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, for his important and lasting contribution to children's literature.
When Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve, she finds that her wooden doll, Nut Cracker, has come to life. She helps the Nut Cracker to defeat the Mouse King and is rewarded with a visit to the magical Land of Sweets...
Meg and Mog stories by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pieñkowski