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    John Steven Gurney grew up in Pennsylvania reading books by Dr. Seuss and watching Bugs Bunny cartoons. As he grew older his reading material shifted to Mad Magazine, and then to JRR Tolkein (but he never stopped watching Bugs Bunny cartoons). He studied illustration at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and spent his summers drawing caricatures on the boardwalk in Atlantic City.

    John has illustrated board games, advertising, posters, puzzles, and a shopping bag for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. He has designed stuffed animals and painted salmon on an elevator for a seafood restaurant. But more than anything else, John has illustrated books for children; over 140 chapter books, including the The A to Z Mysteries, the Bailey School Kids, and The Calendar Mysteries series. He is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Fuzzy Baseball and the picture book Dinosaur Train.


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