Paul M. Levitt is professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In addition to The Weighty Word Book, he has cowritten another children's book, The Stolen Appaloosa and Other Indian Stories with Elissa S. Guralnick, former professor of English, University of Colorado, Boulder. Douglas A. Burger is associate professor of English, University of Colorado, Boulder. Katherine Karcz, the illustrator, received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and an MA in art education from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. She has been working in commercial illustration for nine years and is currently teaching art in Clifton, New Jersey.