Gene Barretta is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. Among his honors are the Carolyn W. Field Award and the Bank Street Cook Prize Honor. His books include, Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare, Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin, Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci, Jack the Tripper, Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones, Zoola Palooza: A Book of Homographs, and Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives. Gene has contributed illustration and animation to Sesame Street and Between the Lions. He has also designed characters for The Jim Henson Company. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. For more information on Gene and his work, please visit: www.genebarretta.com.