Brazilian artist Renato Moriconi was born in São Paulo in 1980. He’s illustrated more than 50 books which have been published in Brazil, Mexico, the United States, France, Italy, and Korea. He’s won numerous awards including Best Illustrated Book in 2011 and Best Children’s Book in 2012 from the Fundação Nacional do Livro Infantil e Juvenil. In 2014, Barbaro (The Little Barbarian) won the Brazilian Jabuti Award for Best Children’s Illustrations.
Unlike the little boy in Barbaro, he no longer rides on merry-go-rounds (his wife tells him that he's too big). He plans on moving to Asgard to become a barbarian so he can fight monsters and other dangerous creatures with his own beautiful shield and sword.