About me

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

with my Pencil

With my brothers Pete & rick

backyard football

home haircut

drawing done when I was 9

Easter Sunday with
mom and dad

Our first championship

snowy day in front of our house

my Halloween costume