We are sad to announce that Bill Peet, beloved Houghton Mifflin author and illustrator, died at the age of 87 on Saturday, May 11, 2002 at his home in California. Bill was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, Bill Peet: An Autobiography, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet"s books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, Hubert"s Hair-Raising Adventure, remain actively in print today. In both his career as an author and illustrator of children"s books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know.Peet, Bill is the author of 'Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent' with ISBN 9780395202722 and ISBN 0395202728.