Chris Van Dusen is a professional illustrator whose work features regularly in magazines and advertisements. He has also written and illustrated a number of children's picture books. His illustrations for the Mercy Watson series, written by Kate Di Camillo, have a nostalgic comic flair. Chris lives in Maine, USA.
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)