James Marshall (October 10th, 1942 – October 13th 1992) was an American illustrator and write of children’s books, well known for the George and Martha series. In 2007 he was awarded the biennial Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for “substantial and lasting contribution” to American children’s literature. Marshall’s book Goldilocks and the Three Bears became a Caldecott Honor Book in 1989.
Beside George and Martha, Marshall had created dozens of other recognizable and lovable characters, and illustrated over seventy books over his career. As an old friend of Marshall’s, Maurice Sendak once called him the “last of a long line of masters”.