Susan Meddaugh was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied French literature and fine arts. After working briefly with an advertising agency in New York, she moved to Boston and worked at a publishing company for ten years, first as a designer, then art editor, and finally as art director. While there, she did the illustrations for Good Stones (Houghton Mifflin) by Anne Epstein, and then decided to strike out on her own as a freelance illustrator and creator of children's books. Since that time, Susan has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Martha Speaks, which was chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 1992. In 1998 she was awarded the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work. Her work also was acknowledged with a New York Times Best Illustrated Award. She lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts.
PreS-- It's time for Susie's nap, but she declares, ``No nap. Susie isn't tired.'' Her father tries to tire her out by taking her for a walk and by dancing the boogie, the bongo, and the creepy camel. They do push-ups, windmills, stand on their hands, and read stories. Trying another tactic, he tells Susie to come and lie down with her already snoozing dump truck, Teddy bear, and dolly. She lies down next to her father, but soon pops up wanting a drink, as well as other items which Dad retrieves for her. Finally, Dad, completely zonked, falls asleep on Susie's bed with mounds of toys piled on top of him. Bunting's humorous and lively text will ring true to many preschoolers as they watch Susie wriggling out of taking the dreaded nap with all her might. Meddaugh's watercolor illustrations bring the vivacious text even more to life as Susie practically bounces off the page with her wide-open, never-sleepy eyes while her father grows more and more weary. --Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC
"An all-too-frequent occurrence in early childhood is humorously presented when Daddy tries to get little Susie to take her nap. To every blandishment and ploy - a walk, exercise, stories, cuddling - Susie's refrain is 'no nap'. When mom finally return home, the sleeping, exhausted one is Daddy. Susie's determined, unrelenting expression and Daddy's patient but ever more drooping form are amusingly characterised in Susan Meddaugh's scratchy but realistic drawings. Fun to read aloud." - The Horn Book Magazine