Rob McClurkan is the author and illustrator of Aw, Nuts! and Playdates Rule! and has also illustrated a number of books, including Lucy Loves Goosey by Linda Joy Singleton. He grew up in Tennessee, where his grandparents’ farm, Saturday morning cartoons, and the Sunday funnies fueled his imagination. Now, he lives with family near Atlanta, Georgia. He once visited Alaska, just like Tough Tug, and used that visit for visual inspiration for this book.