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Meet John Steven Gurney, Nathan Hale and Joelle Dreidemy

Hi. I'm John.
(photo by Jeff Baird)

Hi! I'm John Steven Gurney.  I was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  I grew up loving animated films of Walt Disney, Mad Magazine, and much later N.C. Wyeth.  After attending Pratt Institute, I hiked around Europe for several months.  I continued my studies at the New York Academy of Fine Art and The Stevenson Academy of Traditional Painting.

My first illustrated children's book was "The Temptation of Wilfred Malachy," written by William F. Buckley.  My illustrations for The Bailey School Kids and The Bailey City Monsters series are my most familiar.  I enjoy using people from my community to pose as models for the book characters.  In the book, Trolls Don't Ride Roller Coasters, my wife posed as the troll!

I live in Brattleboro, Vermont, with my wife Kathleen and our two children.

Click HERE to visit my website! 

You may have noticed a new look to some of the Bailey School Kids books.  Indeed-e-do, a good fellow named NATHAN HALE has put some scary new covers on some of our favorites.  


JoelleDreidemyJoëlle Dreidemy is a little illustrator full of beans and energy. She lives in Paris and also teaches illustration to students in an art school in Lyon.

Next to her work, Jojo has an other hobby: she practices karate (black belt !).
She also has a cat called Juju who looks like the scary saber-tooth cat in Caveman Do Drive School Buses !

...Sometimes Jojo thinks that karate is very useful when Juju is in a bad mood....

To visit her website, click HERE!

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