Jamie Michalak is a former editor at Candlewick Press and the author of more than thirty children’s books, including the award-winning Joe and Sparky series of intermediate readers. She wrote Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels (a Kirkus Best Book of the Year); Joe and Sparky, Superstars! (a Bankstreet Best Book of the Year); Joe and Sparky Go to School (an Amazon Best Book of the Year) and the forthcoming Joe and Sparky, Party Animals! She is also the author of many movie and TV show adaptations, such as the “Martha Speaks” PBS Kids! chapter book series. Her most recent book, Joe and Sparky Go to School, received a starred review from The Horn Book that describes the story as “perfect for the newly independent reader and makes a fine bridge from Amelia Bedelia to Ramona.” Jamie lives in Barrington, Rhode Island with her husband and two sons, who provide lots of inspiration for her stories. To learn more, please visit www.jamiemichalak.com and http://thelittlecrookedcottage.blogspot.com.