Gary Bower fell in love with picture books at an early age, sitting in his mother's lap. As a youngster he entertained himself for hours by writing his own stories, jokes, poems, and skits. As an adult, his years of professional and volunteer experience ministering to children and teens, combined with thousands of story nights with his children, have helped him polish his storytelling skills. Nothing makes Tracy Cottingham happier than creating pictures and patterns. While illustrating books is her ultimate joy, Tracy also loves collecting bright and shiny treasures found at flea markets. She can usually be found working at her desk, sipping coffee, and chewing on gummy candy. Tracy lives and works in London.