Jimmy Liao (1958) is an illustrator and picture book writer. After graduating in art from Taiwan’s Chinese Culture University, he worked in an advertising company for twelve years, before embarking on his career as an illustrator with various newspapers and magazines following a battle with leukemia. He published his first picture books, SECRETS IN THE FOREST and A FISH WITH A SMILE, in 1998 and has since gone on to achieve fame all through the Chinese-speaking world, with films, television adaptations and merchandise building on his publishing empire. He has won numerous influential awards and has been published in several languages, including a series of collaborations with English-speaking writers, including Amazon Best Book of the Year for Kids winner THE CHAMPION OF STAYING AWAKE with Sean Taylor. His pictures are characterised by their use of bold colour, telling their stories from the perspective of their children narrators, hinting at a world sometimes sinister, sometimes lonely, but always filled with the deepest of emotions.