I have always had a thing for mud. If composing melodic mud farts with one's bare feet stuck deep down into swampy goop was a viable occupation — then that's what I would have become — a musical mud man. But since there's no money in mud, I set out in search of work that would welcome and foster my imaginative and playful hankerings.
As I wandered higgledy-piggledy over life’s landscape, I happened upon an unconventional Old Lady who opened my eyes to the enchanting world of picture books. And because of her and her unorthodox ways, I discovered my vocation and now proudly stand before you a published and practicing children's book maker.
Random House — Schwartz & Wade
Henry Holt — Christy Ottaviano
Penguin — Nancy Paulsen
NPR — National Public Radio
The National Constitution Center
The New York Times
Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award,