Created in 1999 by James Dean, Georgia-based artist and former electrical engineer. Pete the Cat was born when, on a whim, James began to paint a stray black cat, Pete, in a vivid shade of blue. Inspiration took hold and now Pete is coolest, most popular cat and a New York Times bestselling book series. This doll is pillow-soft and snuggly, ready to cuddle up, stroll through town, or swing around and sing a song. MerryMakers was founded in 1993 with the goal of providing carefully designed dolls and toys based on the very best children's books, museum collections, and other characters for customers around the world. In addition to their line of licensed dolls, MerryMakers makes custom products for a wide variety of clients, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, Colonial Willamsburg, and publishers in the U.S. and abroad.