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David Shannon began his career as an illustrator for The New York Times's op-ed section and Book Review. An editor noticed his work and asked him to illustrate Julius Lester's "How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?And Other Tales "(1989), a collection of Lester's adaptations of traditional African and Jewish folk tales. In 1998, he won the Caldecott Honor for "No, David!," which he wrote as well as illustrated. Shannon is also the illustrator of Jon Scieszka's "Robot Zot!" (2009). He lives in California.