Mike was born in Chattanooga, TN, but moved North soon after. He went to art college for a BA, started teaching, went to art college for a MFA, worked as a Graphic Designer at the US Census Bureau, worked as an in house illustrator for ThinkGeek, got married, had a baby named Allister, got his eye cut with a playing card, made some coffee, changed schools where he was teaching, went to Beijing for an art show that he was in, signed to the Lilla Rogers illustration agency, made some more coffee...and I'm sure there's other stuff from my life that I'm leaving out.
Mike has been teaching art at the university level for 7 years and is currently Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta campus). He has worked as a freelance artist for clients such as: Simon and Schuster, GP Putnam and Sons, VEER, Hallmark, Gallison/Mudpuppy and others.
Title: Two Little Libros: Sea Animals and Jungle Animals/Animales del mar y Animales de la selva (Available in October 2009)
The two book set, Sea Animals/Animales del mar and Jungle Animals/Animales de la selva, is the first title in the Two Little Libros collection, a primer which teaches basic words in both Spanish and English. The chunky pages of these adorably illustrated board books are perfect for toddlers' little hands, and can be stowed away nicely into a sturdy slipcase for safekeeping.
Special interests or hobbies:
Travel and coffee.
Relevant travel experiences:
I'm an avid traveler, and I like to keep sketchbooks on all of my trips. Here's where I've been: Japan, China, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, the US Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany.
What are some of your favorite books?
I Lost My Dad by Taro Gomi
Statdt 2 by Ali Mitgusch
You Are to Me by Rebecca Doughty
Pyongyang by Guy Delisle
Bone by Jeff Smith...too many others to name.
The Red Balloon
Empire of the Sun
What were your favorite books as a child?
Are You My Mother? by PD Eastman.