David A. Adler and Susanna Natti know Cam Jansen well. Really well. Adler writes the books about the freckle-faced sleuth, and Natti illustrates them. But the two have never met. The Boston Globe's profile of Natti sheds some light on author-illustrator collaboration. (Registration required.) Adler tells a reporter,
''I wonder how Cam Jansen feels having 'parents' who didn't even speak to each other for the first 15 years or so of their working relationship," Adler said in a telephone interview from his home in New York. ''Nonetheless, I have real respect and admiration for Susanna's work and talent and hope we continue to work together for a long time."
Cam Jansen mysteries (24 and counting) are for the reader who is making the transition from easy books to chapter books. David A. Adler's Young Cam books, which Susanna Natti also illustrates, are for younger readers (K-2).