Meet the Authors and Illustrator


Jane Murphy is author of a variety of food, parenting, and business books. As partner in KIDVIDZ special interest videos for children, she wrote and produced a line of award-winning videos for school age children. Jane is a professionally trained chef and was previously a partner in CHOW, a company that created food-related programming for kids and families. Jane’s been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Rockefeller Foundation National Video Resources. She has served on the Tufts Children and Media Advisory Board, Grolier Publishing Advisory Board, and Harvard-Radcliffe Childcare Council.


Allison Fingerhuth is a product development, marketing and licensing professional who has worked in a variety of business sectors, including educational publishing, children’s television, and food/entertainment. Among her many creative and strategic accomplishments, Allison managed the creation and development of several Nickelodeon award-winning consumer product lines. Allison is real life mom of Old English Sheepdog, Lu, the inspiration for Pipper and the BowWOW Bakery.


Neal Sharp has illustrated award-winning children’s books, including Just Teddy. Neal focuses on extensive character design and enthusiastically proclaims, “I have learned never to underestimate the discerning taste that kids have for good stories and pictures.” You can see more of Neal’s work at

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