Jon Berkeley was born in Dublin at a time when suits were collarless and there were no bootprints on the moon. He was educated by stern men with elbow patches, in a school where you were allowed to go to the bathroom only if you asked in Irish. Jon has worked as a freelance illustrator for over twenty years and has turned more recently to writing. He is the author and illustrator of chopsticks, a story about the friendship between a mouse and a dragon, and has illustrated several books by other authors. Jon has lived and worked in Sydney, Hong Kong, London, and Dublin and now lives in a small town in Catalonia with his wife, Orna, and their five children, along with one dog and an expanding population of cats. He is the author of The Palace of Laughter and The Tiger’s Egg. For more information, visit http://www.jonberkeley.com.