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Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. He was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. He also studied at the Royal College of Art in London. His picture books for children include Play, Mozart, Play!; the Caldecott Honor Books Tibet: Through the Red Box andStarry Messenger: Galileo Galilei; the New York Times Best Illustrated BookTree of Life: Charles Darwin; and several popular books inspired by his own children, such asMadlenka and Fire Truck. He has also illustrated bestselling books written by Jack Prelutsky, among themScranimals and The Dragons are Singing Tonight.