​I was born in Springfield, Ohio and moved to Connecticut with my family when I was 13 years old. While in high school I created comic books lampooning my teachers, selling them to my classmates for a nickel a piece (Some of my teachers didn't like it!).


Since 1978, I've illustrated and/or written over 130 books for children and collected a number of honors including a Reuben Award for Book Illustration from the National Cartoonists Society, New York Times Children's Books Best Sellers, the New York Public Library's Best 100 Books of 2000, and a 2009 California Young Readers medal. I enjoy painting, playing guitar (I'm not very good) and cooking (and eating!) as I spend my time in St. Malo, France and traveling around Europe and the USA.

​I also spend a lot of time painting watercolors in the studio and outside en plein air. To see some of my watercolors or maybe sign up for a workshop on my painting website click here.​