Along with writing and illustrating books for children, Mordicai Gerstein is a painter, sculptor and prize-winning designer and illustrator of animated films. Mr. Gerstein attended the Chouinard Institute of Art in Los Angeles before moving to New York City where he made animated films for 25 years. In 1980, Mr. Gerstein began writing and illustrating books, among them Arnold of the Ducks, The Mountains of Tibet and The Wild Boy were all recognized with distinctions. Victor, his first young adult novel, was named by the New York Times as one of the best children’s books. Mordicai Gerstein lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife Susan Yard Harris, who is also an author and illustrator and their daughter Risa.
2006 Sydney Taylor Book Award (Association of Jewish Librarians)
Winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal for Illustration