Illustrator: Mary Peterson

Mary's mugshot

Visit Mary at her website: marypeterson.com

Mary Peterson was born and raised in Iowa on a small farm surrounded by cornfields and lots of animals. Those early years in the company of critters large and small continue to provide inspiration for her art.

Mary did a lot of tide-pool gazing as research for Ocean Soup. She explored the intertidal regions between Santa Barbara and San Diego, CA. She got her feet wet, her hair blown and her finger pinched but she never did see a hairy doris or an octopus.

Mary is the illustrator of several children's books, including Wiggle and Waggle, Cat On Wheels, and No Time To Nap. Piggies In The Pumpkin Patch, which she also co-authored, will be available Fall 2010. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 20 lb cat named Sumo.