Petr Horáček was born in Czechoslovakia.
Petr studied design at the High School of Art in Prague and studied painting at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague.
As a student Petr met his English wife, Claire and in 1995 they moved to England.
Petr started to write and illustrate books soon after his first child was born. His first book was published in 2001 and he received the Books For Children Newcomer Award in the same year.
In the UK he is mainly published by Walker Books and his books are translated into more than 15 languages.
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