Ashley Spires is a relative newcomer to the picture book world, but is already a busy writer-illustrator with several titles to her name. Recent picture books include Small Saul, named for a sweet-tempered pirate, and Larf (Kids Can), about a reserved sasquatch who likes his alone time. She has also stolen the hearts of the middle school crowd with her graphic novels about Binky the Space Cat (Kids Can), a slightly misguided housebound adventurer. A new Binky adventure is appearing this fall. Spires grew up in Tsawwassen BC, but moved a few years ago to Saskatoon SK.