Baseball, Barber Shop and Drawing
I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where my family owned a barbershop. During the summer I would walk to the shop and deliver my Dad’s hot lunch. Then I would take a break and listen to the conversations. Many customers told “big fish” stories laced with humor and exaggeration. I enjoyed drawing those stories at the kitchen table when I returned home.
Later I went to art school, and after taking a class in picture book art, I decided to try illustrating children’s literature.
After more than 70 books, I still feel lucky to do what I love.
I live with my wife, Jane, and son, Ian, in Terrace Park, Ohio.
Some of my AWARDS and HONORS:
Gold Medal and other awards from The Society of Illustrators
ALA Notable Book Award
IRA Children's Choice Awards
Best Children’s Books of the Year (Bank Street College of Education)
Parenting Best Books of the Year
PA One Book 2010 & 2016