Daniel Pennac was born in 1944 in Casablanca, Morocco. Educated in Southern France, he struggled at school, but his love of literature inspired him to persevere. He later became a secondary school teacher in Nice, France, experimenting with varied and unusual techniques. As a teacher, Pennac was determined to provide the support to young pupils that he was denied as a child.
His first book for children, Le grand rex, was published in 1980. He has now published over 30 books, including novels for both adults and children, comic-books, picture-books and essays. Many of these have been translated into more than 30 languages. In 1990, Le petite marchande de prose was named one of the best novels of the year by Le Figaro, and Pennac won the Prix Inter. Pennac has worked with renowned illustrator Quentin Blake on numerous occasions, producing masterpieces such as The Rights of the Reader.