Laura Stitzel is an independent artist in Melbourne. She has been working as an illustrator, animator and author in Australia and Canada since 2008. Laura is the author and illustrator of Mr Mo Starts to Grow (Hachette), and the illustrator of Elliot Perlman’s The Adventures of Catvinkle (Penguin Random House). She has illustrated many other titles for children, including the cover art for children’s classics including Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz (Hinkler). Laura’s art has also appeared in many children’s television series. Her background art and character animation appears in the Emmy Award winning Peg Plus Cat, Disney’s Space Chickens in Space, Warner Bros’ Ginger Snaps and the world’s longest running children’s series, Arthur. Laura completed Post Graduate study in Animation and Interactive Media at RMIT in Melbourne and studied classical drawing and painting at the New York Academy of Art.