About the author


About the Author/illustrator

Troy Cummings has written and/or illustrated more than 30 children's books, including THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM series, CAN I BE YOUR DOG?, CARING FOR YOUR LION, LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD, and MIGHTY TRUCK.

His illustrations have appeared on magazine covers, jigsaw puzzles, card games, posters, cookbooks, greeting cards, and a box of fish sticks.

Troy Cummings lives in Indiana with his wife, two kids, two cats and three robots, all of whom are programmed to laugh at his hilarious jokes.



When were you born?
June 7, 1972

Are the "Notebook of Doom" characters based on anyone in real life?
Yes. Ranger Harry is similar to a guy I knew in college, who still owes me five bucks.

What do you do for fun when you're not writing/illustrating books?
I love to play board games, even though my family clobbers me most of the time.

Do you play any sports?
I play wallyball twice a week—it's like volleyball, but you can bounce the ball off the walls. I also love to ride bikes with my kids.

Do you have any fears?
I'm totally afraid of heights! Even standing on a chair makes me woozy.

I'm going to be Troy Cummings for my school presentation. Do you have any advice for how I could dress and act like you?

- Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. I always wear sneakers if I can.

- If you don't have glasses, you'll have to make some, or borrow a pair from Mr. Potato Head.

- Speaking of potato head: you may have noticed that I'm totally bald. I'd advise you NOT to shave your head for this report, even if it brings your grade down a point or two.

- Wear cargo pants with a little notebook and pencil in the pocket. (Always carry a notebook—any time you're bored, you should be doodling!)

- Be sure to show off your sweet, sweet dance moves. (I'm not really a great dancer, but if you can convince people I am in your report, that'll make me look cool.) 



Troy Cummings's books have been published by Capstone, Caterpillar Books, Chronicle, Harper Collins, Igloo Books, The Innovation Press, Random House, Scholastic, Sourcebooks, Sterling, and Wiley.

Illustration Clients include AOL, Back Stage, The Boston Globe, Cambridge University Press, Cartoon Network, The Chicago Tribune, Crab Hill Press, Crocodile Creek, Highlights, The National Park Foundation, NY Daily News, Peaceable Kingdom Press, Portland Monthly, POZ, Quill, The RiverRun International Film Festival, The Minneapolis StarTribune, and Time for Kids.



>> Want to know more? Head over to the Random House Author Spotlight on Troy Cummings.