Janina Pechova was born in Prague, the Czech Republic, but has lived for many years in South Africa where she has held numerous sole exhibitions of her artworks. She has also worked in publishing as an art director, freelance illustrator, designer, writer of short stories and educator. She holds a BA degree in modern languages, A BSc in biological sciences and a BA (honours) in visual Arts. Janina has been contributing mainly travel stories to publications such as Habitat magazine, Sunday Times, Business Day Weekender, Diversions magazine and some overseas publications. She has also written and illustrated the very well receive ‘The Little 5’ book, which deals with the little guys rather than the Big 5. She is also a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a US based institution.