Adam Rex grew up in Phoenix and received a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Arizona. He has contributed illustrations to Magic: The Gathering and other fantasy art and has illustrated several children’s books. His first books, Tree-Ring Circus and The New York Times bestseller Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, were published in 2006. Another picture book Pssst! and the illustrated novel The True Meaning of Smekday, which was adapted into the 2014 DreamWorks film HOME, were published in 2007. He has illustrated the work of many authors, including Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Kate DiCamillo, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, and Paul Fieg. Rex cites Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) as his biggest influence as a writer.