Michael Emberley has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 1979. He grew up by the ocean in Ipswich, Massachusetts, just north of Boston, has lived in Oakland CA, and in San Diego, Calif, but now he lives just north of Dublin, Ireland, in the rolling hills of County Meath.
He has no art degree, no writing degree, no kids, no house, and no pets but he does have two passports, a lot of sketchpads, pencils, and a pretty decent computer. He also has a sister and father (Rebecca and Ed) who make children’s books, several horses for neighbors, and talks with a funny accent.
His hobbies include bicycle racing, bike riding, cycling, mountain biking, avoiding driving, and talking in a funny accent. He bought his first television set at age of forty so he could watch a bike race and his first car a few years later because there was no subway in California. He does drive still and cycle in Ireland almost as much as he did in America, just on the wrong side of the road…. sorry, OTHER side of the road…
Books in order of publication:
More Dinosaurs! And Other Prehistoric Beasts – 1983
Dinosaurs! A Drawing Book – 1985
Ruby – 1990
The Present – 1991
Welcome Back, Sun – 1993
Ruby and the Sniffs – 2004
I Can Make a Train Noise – 2021
The Message: The Extraordinary Journey of an Ordinary Text Message – 2021