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Tony DiTerlizzi was a successful fantasy artist before he fulfilled a childhood dream of writing and illustrating books for children. His spooky picture book "The Spider and the Fly" (2002) was a Caldecott Honor Medal winner and New York Times best-seller, and "The Spiderwick Chronicles" series (Simon & Schuster, 2003-2004), co-created with Holly Black, is based on an idea he had in the works for 20 years. DiTerlizzi's latest project, "Kenny and the Dragon" (2008), marks DiTerlizzi's debut as a chapter book writer. He is also the illustrator of "The Wyrm King "(2009), the final book in the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles series co-created with Holly Black. DiTerlizzi lives in Massachusetts.