James Marshall (1942ÃÂ1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious childrenÃ¢ÂÂs books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a masterÃ¢ÂÂs degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his lifeÃ¢ÂÂs work as one of the finest creators of childrenÃ¢ÂÂs books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.