Grimaldi is both a writer and a colorist. Born in 1975, she studied foreign languages at the University of Lyon and communication at the Lyon Ecole des Beaux-Arts. She collaborated with her husband, Bannister, on short stories for the graphic novel anthology Flight and is the colorist for his series Titoss et Ilda (Dupuis). She is the colorist for Tib & Tumtum as well. Bannister was born in 1973 and has been creating graphic novels since the age of 17. He is the illustrator of the popular Tib & Tumtum series andThe ElseWhere Chronicles series. His work has also appeared in Flight Explorer (Villard Books/Random House) and several editions of the Flight anthology.
"In this story set in prehistoric times, Tib is ostracized by the other children because of the large, red birthmark on his face. With no help from his overprotective mother or clueless father, he wanders off into the forest and meets Tumtum, a rambunctious and thought-to-be extinct dinosaur. Tib, yearning to find someone who doesn't judge him for his looks, befriends Tumtum and tries to get the rest of his clan to believe his dinosaur friend is real. All of his attempts end with Tumtum either hiding or running off into the forest. These scenes can get a little repetitive, but they still result in some hilarious circumstances. Tumtum's carefree and easily distracted nature paired with Tib's desire for adventure and friendship create an entertaining match and a touching story. Bannister's anime-influenced style makes for some adorable characters with vivid colors and cartoony scenery. The book is full of charm and sets the groundwork for future adventures in what will hopefully be a long-running series." --School Library Journal--Journal
"A boy bullied on account of his birthmark befriends a
vivacious vermillion dinosaur in this delightfully whimsical tale
Young caveman Tib is relentlessly bullied by his tribe. Born with a scarlet birthmark around one eye, the other kids call him things like 'polka-dot face' and continuously hurl insults about the 'blob on his face.' After making a wish to see 'new faces, ' he stumbles on a plucky red dino he names Tumtum. Tib tries to tell the others about his prehistoric discovery, though he is dismissed almost instantly. His father, a great teller of wildly tall tales, has paved the way for him, and most think that this apple hasn't fallen far from the tree. When Tumtum makes a decision to help save Tib and his tribe from imminent danger, Tib must work to keep the hunters from targeting Tumtum as prey. As Tib is bullied, he tries to work out new ways to deal with the bullying, and it's refreshing to see him try--and fail--as he struggles to fit in with the group. Constructed with a uniform panel structure and rendered in an upbeat palette, Bannister's illustrations have a clean efficiency about them that helps drive many of the sight gags. In a nice touch, silhouettes of Tumtum are superimposed over a Lascaux-like background on the endpapers.
Fun, imaginative and inventive--dino-mite!" --Kirkus Reviews