Petr Horacek is a Czech born illustrator who studied for six years at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague before become a graphic designer, painter and author-illustrator. Now living in England, he made his publishing debut with "Strawberries Are Red" and "What is Black and White?" Working in a mixture of media, he loves to explore the bookmaking process with a style that is both bold and naïve, and full of startling colour. His other books include "When the Moon Smiled", a bedtime counting book, and "A New House for Mouse", about a tiny mouse who comes across a large apple. Kitty Flynn, writing in Horn Book, commented that Horácek's "color-rich, heavily textured watercolor and cut-paper collages add much to the simple story," making A New House for Mouse a book that will "quickly satisfy story-hour cravings."
Puffin Peter was short-listed for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal.