Illustrator of the Week - Lane Smith

Lane Smith is most famous for the work he has done in conjunction with Jon Scieszka. His most recent books, Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben, were both New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-sellers. With Scieszka, he illustrated the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; and Science Verse. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelustsky, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. In 1996 Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. Lane also wrote and illustrated the retro, cult favs The Happy Hocky Family and The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country. He and book designer Molly Leach live in a little town in rural Connecticut.

He has so many books coming out that it is hard to keep up. In the past two weeks alone I have seen There's an Elephant in the Room and Princess Hyacinth. Both are adorable.