Slavko Pregl (born in 1945) lives and works in Ljubljana where he gradu-ated from the Faculty of Economics. He has been working with books most of his life – as a journalist, publisher and writer. He was President of the Slovene Writers’ Association, President of the Reading Badge Associa-tion and President of the Slovenian Publishers’ Association.He writes primarily for children and young adults, and has received major national awards in this genre (Levstik Award, Večernica Award, Desetnica Award, Župančič Award). With his works for adults – mostly humorous prose and satire – he has won a Grand Prix at the International Festival of Humour and Satire in Svishtov (Bulgaria) and several other awards. Pregl was also presented with the Schwentner Award for lifetime achievements in publishing. He has written over 40 books that have been translated into more than 12 languages. Two TV serials and two series of cartoons have been based on his works. Pregl’s book Geniuses in Short Pants has seen five publications in Slovenian and has been translated into four languages, while his works The Silver of the Blue Grotto, School Report, and Genius-es without Pants have had more than 25,000 copies printed. His book The Czar without Treasure has been adapted into a screenplay for a teen film.