Doug Cushman was born in Springfield, Ohio and moved to Connecticut with his family when he was 15 years old. While in high school he created comic books lampooning his teachers, selling them to his classmates for a nickel a piece. Since 1978, he has illustrated and/or written over 100 books for children and collected a number of honors including a Reuben Award for Book Illustration from the National Cartoonists Society, New York Times Children's Books Best Sellers, and the New York Public Library's Best 100 Books of 2000. He enjoys hiking, kayaking and cooking (and eating!) as he splits his time between Northern California and Paris, France.Weeks, Sarah is the author of 'Ella, of Course! ', published 2007 under ISBN 9780152049430 and ISBN 0152049436.