Dasha Tolstikova was born in Moscow and made her first illustrations when her mother sewed up small pamphlets of paper for her to create tiny books. Now Dasha illustrates bigger books, such as The Jacket by Kirsten Hall, a New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book; If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party by Jill Esbaum; and Friend or Foe? by John Sobol. She is also the author and illustrator of a graphic memoir, A Year without Mom. She lives in Brooklyn with a menagerie of roommates and her dog, Muffin. You can visit her at www.dashatolstikova.com.