David Macaulay was born in Burton-on-Trend, England, but has lived in America for most of his life. He is one of the contributors to the comic book series 'Little Lit', edited by Art Spiegelman. Macaulay has written a lot of books such as 'The Way Things Work', 'Cathedral' and 'Motel of the Mysteries' and won the Caldecott-award. The story he did for 'Little Lit', 'Jack (and his Mom) and the Beanstalk', is Macaulay's first comic work. Making the page function as a graphic entity while making each panel an efficient unit of information was one of the hardest things he had ever done, though you wouldn't know it from reading his breezy and playful version of 'Jack (and his Mom) and the Beanstalk'. The sequence of pictures gives you an overall sense of the narrative, while the short bursts of language offer texture and detail.