Children's author and illustrator of the popular Arthur series. He published his first Arthur book, Arthur's Nose, in 1976.
He studied graphic design at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Later, he worked several odd jobs, including cook, truck driver, and teacher.
He earned a Daytime Emmy Award for the television series adaptation of the Arthur books.
He married Laurie Krasny Brown, with whom he had two sons (Tolon Adam and Tucker Eliot) and a daughter (Eliza Morgan). He developed the Arthur character while telling bedtime stories to one of his sons.
He created a successful illustrated children's book series, as did author/artist Richard Scarry.