Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, illustrator, and art director of picture books. She is the author-illustrator of books including Vampenguin, Stumpkin, and A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals. She is the illustrator of several books by other authors, including Truman by Jean Reidy, _The Rescuer of Tiny Creatures _by Curtis Manley, and _Sounds Like School Spirit _by Meg Fleming. Lucy loves to run, doodle, sculpt little animals with clay, watch television, and eat french fries. She was born in Montreal, Canada; raised in central New York, and lives with her little family in Brooklyn, New York.