Marc Simont (1915-2013) was born in Paris, the child of Catalan immigrants. He studied art with his father, a professional illustrator, and at several schools in France and America, where he moved when he was nineteen. Simont has illustrated nearly one hundred books, working with authors such as Margaret Wise Brown, James Thurber, and Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (on the Nate the Great
series). He is also the author of several books—most recently The Stray Dog
—and the translator of poems by García Lorca and others. Simont received the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations to A Tree Is Nice
by Janice May Udry. He collaborated with Ruth Krauss on The Backward Day
(also published by The New York Review Children’s Collection) and The Happy Day
, which is a Caldecott Honor Book. Simont also illustrated Thurber’s The Wonderful O
(published by the New York Review Children’s Collection).