Melinda Long is the author of When Papa Snores and Hiccup Snickup, both published through Simon and Schuster. Her third book, How I Became a Pirate is published through Harcourt Brace. It was chosen by the Children’s Book of the Month Club as a main selection for September 2003 and has also been translated into more than thirteen languages. It is the winner of many awards and a number one, New York Times Bestseller. It is also making its way around the country in the form of a musical, written by Mark Friedman and Janet Vogt. Their musical, Jingle Arrgh the Way, is also based on Melinda’s work.