Rick Walton is the author of dozens of books for kids, including his popular books introducing language arts concepts: Once There Was a Bullfrog, Why the Banana Split, and Herd of Cows Flock of Sheep. He often plays his guitar happily. Rick and his family live in Provo, Utah. For more info visit www.rickwalton.com In 1963 he attended Rochdale College of Art, but with sound advice from his parents, he soon settled into a real job as an engineer. It wasn't until 1983 that he started his freelance career as an illustrator. In November 1999 Carl went to join Mike in California to try a new technique of painting the illustrations on the computer. After a few months of trying different software and hardware, they were both finally pleased with what they could do using a watercolor technique with Corel Painter and a graphics tablet. After a year of working with Mike at his studio in California he went back to England to continue working with Mike from a small flat in Brighton, England. In 2005 Carl finally got tired of the rain and cold weather and moved to Cape Town, South Africa with his wife and daughter, still working with Mike via the use of the internet, phone and fax.