Deb Lucke is a writer and illustrator of children's books with an interest in bad behavior and horribly embarrassing incidents. Since her own childhood had plenty of both she is never short of material.

Deb's graphic novel series, The Lunch Witch, arrived in March 2015 to starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. The latter also listed it as one of the Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2015. It was on the NYPL's Top 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, Texas' Little Maverick List, the 2016 ILA CBC Children's Choices list and was nominated for Maryland's 2016-2017 Black-Eyed Susan Award. It's the story of a failed witch turned lunch lady who is shocked to find her most evil intentions undone by a ten-year-old with thick glasses and unfinished homework. The second book in the series, Knee-Deep In Niceness, was released last Halloween. Deb is hard at work on the third book. The series has been optioned by Amblin Pictures and is in development with Michael De Luca Productions with Clay Kaytis to direct and Kate McKinnon to star.

Her picture book, Sneezenesia, is the story of a horribly embarrassing incident involving snot. This follows The Book of Time Outs, the story of badly-behaved people throughout history and The Boy Who Wouldn't Swim, about bad-behavior and a horribly embarrassing incident in the town pool. While Deb illustrated Never Say Boo!, it was written by Robin Pulver who has her own interests—none of which involve bad behavior or embarrassment.

In addition to children's trade and educational books, Deb has illustrated for numerous editorial publications including The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Baltimore Sun, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, Cricket Magazine, The Highlands Current, Resist! and School Library Journal. Her work was included in American Illustration 32 and The Society of Illustrator's 2015 Cartoon and Comic Annual.

In a previous life Deb was an award-winning art director at Ogivly + Mather, Hill Holliday, HBM, Leonard Monohan Saabye, and Altman and Manley. She freelanced virtually everywhere else. Her short film, The Creation,  was in fifteen film festivals and aired in NY, Texas, Canada, and Japan.

Deb lives and works in Cold Spring with writer Paul Hartzell. She is grateful for the support of her writer's group and A.C.H.H.
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