Jon Berkeley was born in Dublin at a time when there were no bootprints on the moon. At the age of two he picked up a pencil and began to draw. He drew dragons, giants, oddballs, castles, car races and lost aliens. He drew everything, in fact, except horses. Their back legs go funny in the middle, he says, and he still gives them a miss whenever he can. Jon has worked for twenty years as a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and occasional columnist in Sydney, Hong Kong, London and Dublin, and now lives in a small town near Barcelona with his wife, Orna, and their five children, along with six cats and a dog named CÚChulainn. He illustrates for Time magazine, The Sunday Times of London and The Economist, among other publications, and he has taken to writing when he's not illustrating. He is the creator of Chopsticks and has illustrated several picture books by other authors.