Mercer Mayer (born December 30, 1943) is a children's book writer and illustrator who has published over 300 books. Though his professors feared the young artist would never be good enough to make a living as an illustrator, Mayer was not dissuaded. Mayer published his first book, A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog, at Dial Press in 1967. He has illustrated books for John Bellairs, Jane Yolen, Jan Wahl, Jay Williams, John D. Fitzgerald, among others.

We asked Mercer Mayer what the secret is for the timeless appeal of his stories and illustrations.

Scene from John Bellairs' The Figure in the Shadows! Lewis Barnavelt being made fun of while sporting his Sherlock Holmes hat.

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Scene from John Bellairs' The Figure in the Shadows! Lewis Barnavelt being made fun of while sporting his Sherlock Holmes hat.

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet

The Figure in the Shadows (1975)

The Figure in the Shadows

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