Brandon Reese has been illustrating children’s books for years (Thousand Star Hotel, Can You Canoe?) but with the recently-released Oothar the Blue he has also taken over the writing duties. The artist began pushing a lawn mower at the tender age of 8. He hated it. As a reward, his father would take him to the movies. He watched stories about busting ghosts, wars in space, and men with bull whips. Now in his 40s, Brandon mows his own lawn. He doesn't hate it and a valuable lesson was learned—with hard work comes reward. Brandon makes up his own stories now. Brandon lives in North Carolina with his life, on, and a stinky dog named Jasper.