Gilbert Ford grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and transferred to New York to attend Pratt Institute. After graduating, he worked as a designer and illustrator for a giftware company, creating puzzles, games, stickers, stationery, and activity books for children, before setting out on his own in 2007. He urrently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His toys have won several Openheimer awards, and his illustrations have been recognise by Communication Arts, 3 x 3, American Illustration Chosen, The Society of Illustrators, and Society of Publication Designers. He is the uthor and artis of his first picture book published by Disney/Hyperion, entitled FLYING LESSONS that hit the shelves in Spring, 2010. He is lso the illustrator of the popular Pseudonymous Bosch Secret Series published by Little, Brown, and Baby ’ s Favorite Rhymes to Sign published by Three Rivers Press/Random House.