Jef Czekaj (“check-eye”) is a cartoonist, children’s book author and illustrator, and musician. He has written and/or illustrated many books, including HIP AND HOP IN THE HOUSE (Little, Brown), A CALL FOR A NEW ALPHABET (Charlesbridge), AUSTIN, LOST IN AMERICA and CAT SECRETS (both Balzer + Bray).read more
Jef’s books have been named Junior Library Guild selections, designated “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and won several state awards. His comic, Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters, ran in Nickelodeon Magazine for more than 10 years, and was collected in a graphic novel of the same name. Jef lives and works in Somerville, MA.