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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 Tolkien (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. He earned his graduate degree in illustration from the University of Hartford.

    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 drawn caricatures throughout the Northeast. 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 Fuzzy Baseball graphic novel series and the picture books Dinosaur Train and The Bossy Pirate. He teaches illustration at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.


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