Evan and his dog do everything together. They play and read and eat. But mostly you will find them tending to Evan’s extraordinary garden, where flowers and other good things flourish and reach for the sky.
But friends don’t always stay forever, and when Evan loses his, he destroys the place that meant the most to them, and creates something to match his mood. Something ugly and twisted, sad and stubborn, ragged and rough—and he likes it that way.
Until one day . . .
Brian Lies was born in Princeton, NJ, and graduated from Brown University in 1985 with a degree in British and American Literature. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for two and a half years, and then created Op/Ed page illustrations for numerous publications, including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and Christian Science Monitor. He illustrated his first children’s book for Houghton Mifflin Company in 1989, and has since illustrated more than two dozen others, such as his New York Times bestselling bat series (Bats at the Beach, Bats at Library, Bats at the Ballgame and Bats in the Band). Brian’s work has garnered numerous awards, and can be found in galleries around the country. He spends part of his time visiting elementary schools to talk about writing and illustrating stories. He and his wife, Laurel, live in Duxbury, MA with their daughter and two cats.