In the early 1940s, a loving father crafted a small blue wooden engine for his son, Christopher. The stories that this father, Reverend W. Awdry, made up to accompany this wonderful toy were first published in 1945. He continued to create new adventures and characters until 1972, when he retired from writing. Reverend Awdry died in 1997 at the age of 85.
Jeff Albrecht is an American illustrator of childrens books for Random House and RH Disney. Books he has illustrated include All About Cassie, Cassies Magical Crayon, Christmastime with Thomas, Dragon Doodles, Dragon Magic, Friends Forever, and The Smartest Guy in the Galaxy.