Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) worked as a librarian in her native New
Zealand before becoming a full-time writer in 1980. Beloved by
generations of readers, she wrote over 150 books for children and
young adults, and in 2006, she received the Hans Christian Andersen
Award (the Nobel Prize of children's books) for her contribution to
Steven Kellogg has illustrated more than a hundred books, including IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA? and THE DAY JIMMY'S BOA ATE THE WASH. He has also retold and illustrated the adventures of tall-tale heroes such as Paul Bunyan, Mike Fink, and Johnny Appleseed. He lives in Essex, New York.