Family: Husband and sometimes co-author Michael Grant, and two children, Jake, 15, and Julia, 13.
Favorite books as a child: “Dr. Dolittle” and “Charlotte’s Web.”
Pets: “We’re down to two now. One cat, Lightning McQueen, and one dog, Stan. Stan is a rescue chihuahua mix.
He was the role model for Bob the dog in ‘Ivan.’ The drawings in the book look precisely like Stan.”
Favorite pizza topping: Black olives, onions and anchovies.
Best Christmas present: “Gerbils. I think I was 9, and my mom ordered them for me from a catalogue. They bred like crazy, and I was selling gerbils all around Michigan. They wrote a story about me in the local newspaper.”