Brian Lies is an author and illustrator. He was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1963. Brian studied Psychology and British and American Literature at Brown University. After graduating from college he moved to Boston to study drawing and painting at the Boston Museum School (also known as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). Brian has had a career as an editorial and political illustrator working with a lot of magazines and newspapers. He has had political illustrations published in the Christian Science Monitor and the Boston Globe. In 1989, Brian illustrated his first book, Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Eye. Since then, he's illustrated over twenty books, including his latest one, Bats at the Ballgame, which he also wrote. His other four written-and-illustrated books to date are the New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach and Bats at the Library, Hamlet and the Enormous Chinese Dragon Kite, and Hamlet and the Magnificent Sandcastle. Brian lives in a seaside town in Massachusetts with his wife and daughter. He also visits schools to work with students on writing and illustrating stories.