Vali Mintzi is an illustrator, graphic designer, and puppet-theater designer. She is the illustrator of The Girl With the Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran (Barefoot Books) as well as several children's books in Hebrew. She lives in Jerusalem with her architect partner and three daughters. Born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1971. Immigrated to Israel in 1989. She graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art.