ABOUT THE AUTHOR-In order to help his granddaughter pronounce the letter "R", William Weinbrecht started writing the story, Not a Very Bright Raccoon. To his surprise, it worked like a charm! Bill wrote more stories for his granddaughter, enjoying the smiles it brought to Amanda's face. Now at age 73, he is a retired commercial lending officer of thirty-five years. When he's not trying to keep his golf score down, Bill volunteers at a children's hospital where he amuses the kids with cartoon sketches. He and his wife, Mary, live in San Diego, California.