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Matthew McElligott is the author and illustrator of many books for children including the Mad Scientist Academy series, the Benjamin Franklinstein, Even Aliens Need Snacks, Even Monsters Need Haircuts, and The Lion’s Share. His books have been published around the world in many languages on five continents. He is also the co-author and co-lyricist of the musical Backbeard The Pirate, based on his stories. When not writing and illustrating, Matt chairs the Art + Design department at the Sage Colleges in Albany, NY, where he has taught for twenty years.