Ilon Wikland is an Estonian-born Swedish artist and illustrator.
In 1944 she escaped the Soviet occupation of Estonia and
arrived in Sweden as a refugee. In 1953 Wikland applied for a
job as an illustrator at Swedish publisher Rabén & Sjögren,
where she started working with Astrid Lindgren. Wikland has
said that Astrid’s writing makes her see inner pictures. She
also derives inspiration for her pictures from real life. Wikland
illustrates in the the same way that Astrid Lindgren wrote - for
“the child within her”.