Paul Biegel was one of Europe’s most acclaimed and best-loved storytellers, and the author of more than fifty books for children. Born in the Netherlands in 1926, he studied law but worked as a comic-strip writer before writing his first novel, The Golden Guitar, in 1960. He wrote at a rate of almost a book year for nearly forty years, producing timeless fantastical tales of dwarves, princesses, witches, robbers and talking animals. The Little Captain was first published in 1970 and was Biegel’s bestselling title. The King of the Copper Mountains and The Gardens of Dorr are also available from Pushkin Children’s Books.