Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of dozens of works for young readers, among them the critically acclaimed The Night World, Sleeping Gypsy, and I Am Pan! In addition, Gerstein has provided the artwork for numerous works by other writers, especially those of Elizabeth Levy. Gerstein was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal for his self-illustrated picture book The Man Who Walked between the Towers.
After more than four decades as an illustrator of children’s books, Gerstein still manages to find inspiration in the world around him. “I’m always looking for things that puzzle and disturb or amuse me, things that are fun to make pictures of,” Gerstein stated in his Caldecott acceptance speech. “I make books for people, most of who happen to be children, and I try to address the most essential parts of all of us.”