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The French illustrator and author Alain Grée was born on July, 21st 1936 in Eaubonne near Paris.

He studied in Paris at the “Ecole des Arts Appliqués” (atelier d’Art Graphique) and at the “Beaux Arts de Paris”.

He is the author of three detective novels (“La Chouette” editions) and produced children’s broadcasts on the French national television for two years.

As an author and illustrator of children’s books, Alain Grée published over 300 books for several editors (Casterman, Hachette, etc.), most of which in the 1960s and 1970s. His books were translated around the world into 25 different languages.



In that same period, Alain Grée made the concept and artwork for 12 educational board games for children, issued by Nathan.

He also worked as an illustrator for “Pomme d’Api” and “Journal de Babar” magazines.
Later he created 10 books as initiation works to ship navigation for Gallimard editions.

He was also a journalist for the “Voiles et Voiliers” (sailing ships) magazine for 20 years and is currently
working as a graphic designer and editor of advertising publications.


Alain Grée recently remastered some of his earlier children’s books for the British book editions of Button Books, other publishers and projects.

He has been working closely together with RicoBel to develop the Alain Grée license further throughout the world.

His main hobby and passion are sailing ; he has owned several sailing ships since the 1970’s on which he has crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice ; he made many sailing trips all over the world while working on new children’s stories and illustrations on board.

He married to Monique in 1960 at Balbigny (Loire) and has 2 children. 





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