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Providence, RI

Calef's imagination is reminiscent of a modern day Dr. Seuss.




I studied illustration at Art Center College of Design, and had my first published illustration appear in SPIN magazine in 1989. Since then my work has appeared in lots of other publications, including Newsweek, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Travel and Leisure, and many more. I have also created murals, book covers, visual development, packaging and advertising for clients including Adidas, Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss, Target Stores, Laika, Grey Advertising, Weiden and Kennedy, Sony Music, Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records, Virgin Records, Atlantic Records, A & M Records, The Playboy Jazz Festival, MTV Networks, Fraser Paper, Fox River Paper, Martha Stewart Inc., and Nickelodeon.  Beginning in 1998, I’ve written and illustrated thirteen books for children including Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers, Tippintown, Soup for Breakfast, Hallowillloween, We Go Together!, Boy Wonders, Pirateria, and Flamingos on the Roof – winner of the Myra Cohn Livingston poetry award, and a New York Times bestseller. Hypnotize a Tiger – Poems About Just About Everything, which was published by Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt in 2015, is my first aimed at middle-grade readers, and recently won a Lee Bennett Hopkins honor award and The Lion and the Unicorn Award for Children’s Poetry. My latest book, The Ghostly Carousel, was published by Lerner in August of 2018, and my next one – UP VERSES DOWN is coming in June of 2019 from Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt. I have also illustrated the work of other authors, including books by Daniel Pinkwater, Edward Lear, James Thurber, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Jonah Winter. I am an associate professor at Rhode Island School of Design in the Illustration department, and have taught previously at Otis College of Art and Design, Art Center College of Design, and Emily Carr University.  

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