Deborah Hautzig was born in New York City and grew up on the Upper West Side. She graduated from the Chapin School and published Hey, Dollface, her first novel, in 1978 while still a student at Sarah Lawrence College. Her second novel, Second Star to the Right, was a National Book Award finalist in 1982 and is still in paperback. She is the author of dozens of children s books, including nine books about Little Witch, a character she created and which made its debut in 1984; eighteen highly regarded retellings of classic fairy tales and stories; thirty-three Sesame Street books, as well as many other well-known titles. She has also written book reviews for The New York Times and contributed to poetry collections. She lives in New York City with her husband and their fourteen-year-old daughter.