Lane Smith is a writer and an illustrator. Lane's titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. He wrote and illustrated Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben which were both New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. He also served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. Lane also wrote and illustrated The Happy Hocky Family and The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country.