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Recognized as one of the most influential and prolific children’s writers in the country, David McPhail has been a passionate artist since the age of two. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and began illustrating books for children in 1972. Since then, he’s created over 75 books, including the celebrated Mole Music, which was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

David McPhail is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than forty books for children, including Santa’s Book of Names, to which Edward and the Pirates is a sequel. His other books include The Party, which Publishers Weekly called “a spirited blend of fantasy and gentle merriment”; First Flight, which the New York Times praised as “hilarious and helpful at the same time”; and Lost! which was chosen as an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. David McPhail lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.