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The Story Behind Pete the Cat
Award-winning artist and Illustrator, James Dean, will talk about the real Pete the Cat, the inspiration for the series of wildly popular children’s books. The actual Pete may have single-pawedly saved Dean from an unsatisfactory career as an electrical engineer. Questions always welcomed about the world of picture books and children’s literature.
About James Dean
In 2004, Kimberly & James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children’s book together. Their dream has finally become a reality with the release of this new Pete the Cat book, Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Both left corporate jobs in the late nineties (James was an electrical engineer, Kimberly worked in the press office of the governor of Georgia) to pursue their passion for art, and they have experienced a life made up of strange and wonderful coincidences ever since. Pete the Cat has brought magic into their lives. They work in side-by-side studios, sharing their home with five cats and Emma the pug.