Sam Hundley is an American scrap artist who uses found objects that he collects wherever he goes. "Beautiful things are all around us," he says. "And there's no limit to what they can become in one's imagination." Retired after 39 years as a newspaper artist, Sam now resides in Norfolk, Virginia, with his wife, Lynndale, and their squeaker-loving beagle, Theo, upon whom Tag is based. "Theo is an amazing juggler with his squeaker ball," says Sam. "But when it rolls under the couch, he howls like a baby until I retrieve it!" (See a photo of Theo on the following page.) Sam's first children's book, Gifts of the Magpie, was published in 2021.