James Burks has spent the last fifteen years working in the animation industry on various movies and television shows, including the Emperor's New Groove, Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, Space Jam, the Iron Giant shows, Wow Wow Wubbzy, and most recently on Fan Boy and Chum Chum. His first graphic novel for kids, Gabby and Gator (Yen Press), was a Junior Library Guild selection and a 2012 CTA Read Across America title. He is also the author of the picture book Beep and Bah (Carolrhoda). He recently illustrated The Monstore (Simon & Schuster) written by Tara Lazar. Bird and Squirrel on the Run (Graphix/Scholastic) was an ABC Best Books for Children selection. James lives Valencia, California.