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David Catrow

David Catrow’s day job is with the Springfield News-Sun; he creates popular editorial cartoons, now syndicated in more than 900 newspapers. Beyond the editorial pages, his signature zany illustrations delight a much younger audience that has come to love Catrow for his picture books.

The artist has collaborated with a number of award-winning children's authors, including Kathryn Lasky and Robert D. San Souci. He has illustrated several critically acclaimed titles, including She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head (1995), which was named New York Times Best Illustrated Book for the Year.

Catrow’s eccentric characters come to life in works including Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, Plantzilla, and Take Me Out of the Bathtub, and Other Silly Dilly Songs. In a satirical adaptation of the old classic, Catrow pokes fun at tradition in Over the River and Through the Wood (1999).