JoAnn Adinolfi was born on Staten Island, New York, and studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Art Academy of Munich. She is the illustrator of Here Comes Silent E! by Anna Jane Hays, Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll: And Other School Poems by Kalli Dakos, Halloween Hoots and Howls by Joan Horton, and Johnny Germ Head by James Quigley. She is also the author-illustrator of Tina's Diner and The Big Adventures of Mr. Small. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with her husband and their two children.