Chris Van Dusen is the illustrator of the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo. He wrote and illustrated Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, and If I Built a Car. He lives in Maine.
The verse is sprightly, but the pictures are the true stunners.
Bright, lampooning gouaches (familiar from the Mercy Watson series)
and dizzying perspective perfectly suit this picaresque
tale...Children will pore over panoramic spreads that invite them
to find each of the 15 animals and celebrate a denouement that
serves up Mr. Paine's just deserts. Splendid!
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)