Alvin Schwartz was born April 25, 1927.Schwartz began his career as a journalist, but, after the publication of his bestselling book A Twister of Twists, a Tangler of Tongues, he devoted himself to becoming a collector and arranger of folk wisdom, rhyme, and silliness. Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds.
Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate , to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events , to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear . He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.