Books by Arthur Geisert

PUMPKIN ISLAND by Arthur  Geisert
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Readers captivated by the understated silliness of the premise may find themselves imagining what their own neighborhoods might look like under similar circumstances. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Geisert, known for his intricate etchings that often feature profusions of pigs, here turns to pumpkins, offering a meditation on the effects of one astonishingly fertile runaway pumpkin on a small Iowa town. Read full book review >
THUNDERSTORM by Arthur  Geisert
Released: May 7, 2013

"Though children might need some reassurance, this beautifully nuanced meditation on the power of nature—and community resilience—will reward repeat readings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A powerful summer storm careens through a Midwestern farming community in six hours, leaving an uneven wake of destruction. Read full book review >
THE GIANT SEED by Arthur  Geisert
Released: June 1, 2012

"This is a story of magic, etched with an everydayness that encourages readers to invite wonder, even bewilderment, into their lives. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A welcome addition to Geisert's gratifying series of wordless oddments features a volcano, a giant seed pod and, for sure, a bunch of pigs. Read full book review >
ICE  by Arthur  Geisert
Released: April 20, 2011

"Geisert's meticulous illustrations won't amuse everyone, but they certainly conjure a fully realized piggy world—an island at home with itself, floating way out there in the ocean. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A heat wave compels an industrious community of island piggies to build a giant ship, complete with masts and rigging, and voyage to retrieve an Arctic iceberg and cool off. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2010

"A simply glorious barn and farm opus. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Only someone who's walked the walk and driven the tractor—and is immensely creative besides—could take readers on such an accurate, realistic and fascinating alphabetic farmland journey. Read full book review >
HOGWASH by Arthur  Geisert
Released: March 31, 2008

"Readers and prereaders both will chortle, whether they come upon this before or after their individual ablutions. (Picture book. 5-8)"
How to get dozens of piglets and their clothes clean after a day's romp in mud and paint? Read full book review >
OOPS by Arthur  Geisert
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"More sophisticated, dark and subtle than Lights Out (2005); fans will delight in the frenetic action and maze of details in the etched illustrations and find relief in the fact that everyone is okay. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Geisert adds another link to his inventive, wordless chain-reaction escapades that are awash with cleverness and ingenuity. Read full book review >
LIGHTS OUT by Arthur  Geisert
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"From the mechanical drawings on the bedroom walls to the cutaway scenes detailing each piece of the apparatus, this is imaginatively, ingeniously inventive. (legend of each step) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Another blue-ribbon winner from Geisert, this one is a kinetic wonder. Read full book review >
PIGAROONS by Arthur  Geisert
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Like his previous pig tales, this is engaging, ingenious, and original—a 'pigadilly.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
Only Geisert's agile mind could construct a fanciful pig plot with pirates, ice sculptures, and flying ships. Read full book review >
MYSTERY by Arthur  Geisert
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

"Clever and ingenious with a great title: wonderful entertainment. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Geisert hits a new stride in this inventive, engaging mystery as a young piglet girl goes with her grandpa to the art museum for copying day—when the museum is closed and artists can come and paint or draw the collection. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"A distant but affectionate cousin to John Vernon Lord's venerable Giant Jam Sandwich (1975). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Praise be to those who see the joys of inspired silliness, for they shall delight the masses. Read full book review >
NURSERY CRIMES by Arthur  Geisert
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"It's a Thanksgiving story with a difference, played out con brio by an all-porcine cast. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This whimsical whodunit, longer on visual appeal than internal logic, kicks off with the overnight disappearance of a crop of huge turkey topiaries from the nursery-cum-salvage-yard of aptly named Jambonneau and his dainty wife Merville de Peru. Read full book review >
DESERT TOWN by Bonnie Geisert
Released: March 1, 2001

"City and suburban children especially will benefit from the reminder that there is more to this country than malls and high-rises. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
The Geiserts (Mountain Town, 2000, etc.) observe a fourth American small town through a year's changes. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE TOWN by Bonnie Geisert
Released: March 1, 1998

"Still, the Geiserts observe and evoke the pace and rhythms of life in a prairie town with abundant affection. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This hawk's-eye view allows readers to circle over a small town during a year in which, at close inspection, apparently changeless streets and structures surrounded by flat horizons and "uninterrupted sky" yield up a host of stories, depicted in Lilliputian scale. Read full book review >
THE ETCHER'S STUDIO by Arthur  Geisert
Released: April 1, 1997

"A labeled view of the studio precedes a final spread showing each step in an etching's creation. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Aimed at readers of Douglas Florian's A Potter (1991) and A Painter (1993), and with just enough detail to hint at etching's challenges and possibilities, Geisert (Roman Numerals: I to MM, 1996, etc.) takes an opportunity to showcase nautical and jungle scenes as well as his more familiar rural views and pigs. Read full book review >
ROMAN NUMERALS I TO MM by Arthur  Geisert
Released: April 1, 1996

"XXII Big balloons,'' when no more than XII are shown), this curiosity may bemuse more than it educates, but it does give graphic expression to some huge numbers, and so may find a use beyond the alphanumeric byway it explores. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Geisert (Haystack, 1995, etc.) draws upon legions of diminutive pigs to demonstrate the meanings and construction of roman numerals; tubby porculi trot and tussle—in swarms for the larger numbers—about farmyards, a playground, parkland, and a rather scanty junkyard. Read full book review >
HAYSTACK by Bonnie Geisert
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Big landscapes with tiny, precise details, plus the pigs that are a Geisert trademark will entice readers to linger over this eye-opener and to think about a rural staple usually only glimpsed from the window of a passing car. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A timely appreciation of the lowly haystack that, standing ``high, long and wide on the prairie'' once provided months of low- cost food and shelter for livestock on the farm. Read full book review >
AFTER THE FLOOD by Arthur  Geisert
Released: March 1, 1994

Touching his elegantly delineated etchings with watercolor, in the manner of hand-colored 19th-century illustrations, an artist best known for the antics of his pigs (Pigs from A to Z, 1986) adds a sequel to his version of The Ark (1988). Read full book review >
OINK OINK by Arthur  Geisert
Released: March 1, 1993

"A joyful adventure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a wordless sequel to the wordless Oink (1991), the eight piglets leave their sleeping mother and sally forth, using a handy wheeled chute as a seesaw to get over their pen's fence into a cornfield, where they garner ears of corn, then gleefully escape their pursuing mother for a picnic on a nearby island. Read full book review >
PIGS FROM 1 TO 10 by Arthur  Geisert
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"As before, Geisert's intricately detailed etchings are carefully designed, with all the numbers—and pigs—to be found (with some difficulty) on each spread and with a key to the numerals (not the sometimes elusive pigs) at the end. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a companion to Pigs from A to Z (1986), ten piglets, inspired by a bedtime story, set out on an elaborate fantasy adventure to find ``a lost place with huge stone configurations.'' Shot by a cannon, an anchored rope becomes the basis for a bridge; the pigs also, with some remarkable engineering, drill through a mountain before finding ten mysterious stone images of Arabic numerals in a secluded valley. Read full book review >
AESOP AND COMPANY by Barbara Bader
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"Still, an unusually attractive edition; Bader's informative additions are especially valuable. (Folklore. 5-11)"
The author of American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to the Beast Within (1976), who is also a former editor of Kirkus, presents a selection from one of children's literature's most enduring sources—19 fables in succinct versions based on ancient texts. Read full book review >