Arthur Geisert

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General Information

Name: Arthur Geisert

Pen Name: None

Born: 1941 in Dallas, Texas

Website: N/A

Illinois Connection

Arthur Geisert lived in Galena, Ilinois from 1971 through 2006. He was an Art teacher at Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Geisert is a printmaker and artist. He grew up in Los Angeles, California. Trained as a sculptor in college, Geisert learned to etch at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.

His unique and exquisite etchings have been widely praised and exhibited at the Chicago Institute of Art, among other museums. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, is regularly selected for the Society of Illustrators', annual Original Art exhibition, and his illustrations are now being collected by the Dubuque Museum of Art. He lives in a converted bank building in Bernard, Iowa.

Published Works

  • The Orand Scarf, Simon and Schuster, 1970
  • Prisoners of the Scrambling Dragon, Henry Holt & Co., 1980 - written with F. N. Monjo
  • Pa's Balloon and Other Pig Tales, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1984
  • Oink Oink, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1993
  • After the Flood, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1994
  • Haystack, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1995 - written with Bonnie Geisert
  • Roman Numerals I to MM, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996
  • Prairie Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998 - written with Bonnie Geisert
  • The Ark, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 1999
  • River Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1999 - written with Bonnie Geisert
  • Mountain Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000 - written with Bonnie Geisert
  • Desert Town, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001 - written with Bonnie Geisert
  • Nursery Crimes, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001
  • Pigs from A to Z, Tandem Library, 2001
  • Prairie Summer, Houghton Miffline Co., 2002 - written with Bonnie Geisert
  • Pigs from 1 to 10, Tandem Library, 2003
  • Oink, Tandem Library, 2003
  • Mystery, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003
  • Pigaroons, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 2004
  • The Etcher's Studio, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 2005
  • Lights Out, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 2005
  • OOPS, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 2006
  • The Giant Ball of String, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 2007
  • Hogwash, Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 2008
  • Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey Through America's Farmland, Hougton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books, 2010
  • Ice, Enchanted Lion Books, 2011
  • The Giant Seed, Enchanted Lion Books, 2012
  • Thunderstorm, Enchanted Lion Books, 2013

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The orange scarf

ISBN: 0671650963
Release Date: 1970

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Pa's Balloon and Other Pig Tales

ISBN: 5550071045
Release Date: 1984-04

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Oink Oink

ISBN: 0395640482
Release Date: 1993-03-29

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After the Flood

ISBN: 0395666112
Release Date: 1994-03-28

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Roman Numerals I to MM: Liber De Difficillimo Computando Numerum

ISBN: 0618153217
Release Date: 2001-09-24

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Prairie Town (Small Town U.S.A.)

ISBN: 0395859077
Release Date: 1998-03-30

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The Ark

ISBN: 0618006087
Release Date: 1999-10

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River Town (Small Town U.S.A.)

ISBN: 0395908914
Release Date: 1999-03-29

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Mountain Town (Small Town U.S.A.)

ISBN: 0395953901
Release Date: 2000-03-28

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Desert Town

ISBN: 039595388X
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Nursery Crimes

ISBN: 0618956719
Release Date: 2007-09-24

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Prairie Summer

ISBN: 0618212930
Release Date: 2002-03-25

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Pigs from 1 to 10

ISBN: 0613607112
Release Date: 2002-05

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ISBN: 0613707044
Release Date: 1995-09

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ISBN: 0618410589
Release Date: 2004-09-27

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The Etcher's Studio

ISBN: 0618556141
Release Date: 2005-05-24

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Lights Out

ISBN: 0618478922
Release Date: 2005-09-26

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ISBN: 0618609040
Release Date: 2006-09-25

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The Giant Ball of String

ISBN: 0618840672
Release Date: 2007-04-30

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ISBN: 0618773320
Release Date: 2008-03-31

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Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey Through America's Farmland

ISBN: 0547194692
Release Date: 2010-05-24

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The Giant Seed (Stories Without Words)

ISBN: 1592701159
Release Date: 2012-05-08

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ISBN: 1592701337
Release Date: 2013-04-30

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Literary Awards

Pigs from A to Z and Roman Numerals I to MM were New York Times Best Illustrated Books.

Nursery Crimes was awarded “the most ridiculous plot of the year” by Publishers Weekly.

Prairie Summer was an Honor Book for Young People, Nebraska Center for the Book

Haystack was an Honor Award for Children's Nonfiction, Boston Globe/Hornbook

Ice was selected as a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated book of the year in 2010

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact information for Mr. Geisert:

P.O. Box 113 Bernard, IA 52032

External Links

Arthur Geisert on WorldCat

Arthur Geisert on Amazon


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