Jimmy Liao is Taiwan’s most internationally successful author/illustrator of children’s books. After graduating with an art degree from Chinese Culture University (Taiwan), he worked in advertising for twelve years, until a battle with leukemia inspired him to change careers. He began publishing illustrations in newspapers and magazines, and in 1998, he released his first two picture books: Secrets in the Forest and A Fish with a Smile. Earning him fame throughout the Chinese-speaking world, Liao’s books have been adapted to film, television, and a line of branded merchandise. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and his books have been translated into nearly two dozen languages. He has also done illustrations for a series of collaborations with English writers, including an Amazon Best Book of the Year for Kids winner, The Champion of Staying Awake by Sean Taylor. Bright colors and child narrators are two of the signature characteristics of his works, which often hint at a world that is sometimes sinister, and sometimes lonely, but always filled with rich emotion.