Matt Novak has been making up stories and pictures as long as he can remember and has always enjoyed making people laugh. He grew up in the small town of Sheppton, PA, where he put on puppet shows that he wrote for his elementary school classmates, and when he went to high school he had the opportunity to perform in many stage plays, both in school and professionally.
When he graduated from high school he attended Kutztown State University in Kutztown, PA, and also the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he learned how much fun it was to write and illustrate books for children. His first book, entitled Rolling, was praised by the New York Times Book Review and the American Library Association Booklist. Among his many titles are No Zombies Allowed, Flip Flop Bop, and Twelve Snails to One Lizard, just to name a few. For the past 22 years Matt has been creating books that make him laugh, and he hopes kids will get a good chuckle out of them too.
Some of Matt's books have received awards. Mouse TV was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Parent's Choice Honor recipient. Newt received the International Reading Association’s Children's Choice Award.
Matt has worked as a puppeteer, a teacher, and a Disney artist. While at Disney he worked on such films as “Rescuers Down Under” and “Beauty and the Beast.” He and his family now live in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.