Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 18
- Grade: k to 12
A picture book for children
About the authors
Marilyn Helmer was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, moved to New Brunswick, then to Quebec, then to Ireland, then back to Canada, all before she was five years old. Perhaps that is why she loves to travel, both in North America and abroad. Marilyn's main passion though is writing for children. She discovered a knack for storytelling at a very young age when she made up wild and creative excuses for the occasional bout of mischief. In elementary school she became an avid Nancy Drew fan. With a couple of like-minded friends, she began writing and telling her own mystery stories. But it wasn't until many years later, when she started reading to her son and daughter, that Marilyn's dream of writing for children was born. Success did not happen overnight but it did happen. Marilyn's stories, poems and articles have appeared in children's magazines and anthologies in Canada and the United States. Her published books include picturebooks, chapter books, novels, riddle books and retold fairy tales.
Josée Masse grew up in Montreal, where she painted with her father in his studio as long ago as she can remember. After college, she worked as a graphic designer for a few years, before deciding to become a full-time illustrator. Josée now lives near Montreal in the country with her partner and their daughter.