Cecilia Casrill Dartez holds a bachelor of arts degree from Tulane University. She completed her graduate studies in reading instruction and psychology at Tulane University and Princeton University. A certified elementary-school teacher in the state of Louisiana, Dartez worked as a teacher in New Orleans for many years. She is a popular presenter at schools, libraries, conventions, and other organizations, giving lively lectures on New Orleans and Louisiana. As a licensed New Orleans tour guide, she has led walking and riding tours throughout the city and at neighboring plantation homes.
Dartez’s other books include Jenny Giraffe’s Mardi Gras Ride, Jenny Giraffe Discovers Papa Noël, Jenny Giraffe Discovers the French Quarter, Jenny Giraffe and the Streetcar Party, and The Louisiana Plantation Coloring Book, all published by Pelican. She has worked as a featured editor and writer for TravelHost magazine’s New Orleans edition and has contributed to various other regional publications.
Joseph A. Arrigo, a New Orleans author and artist, has written and illustrated several books about the South. His ink drawings won numerous local and regional awards. He is the author of Mississippi Gulf Coast Scenes and The French Quarter and Other New Orleans Scenes, as well as the author and illustrator of Steamboats on the River Coloring Book, Historic Natchez Homes Coloring Book, and The Louisiana Plantation Coloring Book, all published by Pelican. Arrigo passed away in April 2002.