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General Information

Name:  Charise Mericle Harper  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Children Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Children; Children;

Born: in Vancouver, Canada

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Charise lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Charise Mericle Harper is an author, illustrator and cartoonist.

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Titles At Your Library

Imaginative Inventions: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Roller Skates, Potato Chips, Marbles, and Pie (and More!)
ISBN: 0316347256

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2001

Written in verse and filled with full-color illustrations drawn by the author, this book invites young readers inside the minds of great inventors, encouraging them to think imaginatively as it offers the origins of items such as roller skates, potato chips, eyeglasses, the vacuum cleaner, and more.

When I Grow Up
ISBN: 0811829057

Chronicle Books. 2001

When you grow up do you want to be adventurous? Maybe generous? How about confident? Or fair? In brightly colored collage illustrations filled with imaginative detail, artist Charise Mericle Harper celebrates some of the qualities most admired in people of all ages. A perfect gift, as well as a useful discussion starter on how we define ourselves and how we treat others, When I Grow Up gives readers a fresh perspective on an age-old question.

There Was a Bold Lady Who Wanted a Star
ISBN: 0316146730

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2002

There was a bold lady who wanted a star,
I don't know why she wanted a star, it seemed too far...

In this funny, clever adaptation of the classic song "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," Charise Mericle Harper takes readers on a wacky journey as a feisty, bold lady tries everything from skates, to a bike, to a car to reach a star. Children will love poring over all the details in Harper's magical illustrations.

The Trouble with Normal
ISBN: 0618156267

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2003

Finnigan is not you average squirrel: 1. he wears dark glasses 2. he's friends with a boy named Doug 3. he wants to work for the Secret Service

But perhaps the most interesting thing of all about Finnigan is the report he writes up about Doug’s apartment building, Normal Towers. Finnigan notes suspicious behavior occurring on almost every floor and makes sure that the White House is informed about it. Will his report finally earn him a job working for the president?

Itsy Bitsy, the Smart Spider
ISBN: 0803729014

Dial. 2004

Tired of always being washed back down the waterspout, Itsy Bitsy decides to use her wit and eight-legged strength to find a way to hold on tight when the rains come, in an amusing twist to the classic childhood rhyme.

Just Grace (The Just Grace Series)
ISBN: 0547014406

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2008

Grace loves cats. She also loves taking pictures of cats and drawing Not-So Super comics. She doesn’t like Sammy Stringer, a boy in her class. She’s got lots and lots of ideas, and when her neighbor’s cat goes missing, Grace does her best to make Mrs. Luther feel less lonely. But as the mystery of the missing cat continues, Grace’s well-intentioned plan backfires, and she finds herself in a bit of trouble. Maybe, just maybe, Sammy Stringer will help her through.

Still Just Grace (The Just Grace Series)
ISBN: 0618934820

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2009

A fun new boy has just moved in next door to Grace’s best friend, Mimi. When Grace has to go away on a family trip during school, she is terrified that when she comes back Mimi will be best friends with Max instead! After her trip, not only does it seem her fear has come true, but Mimi is even friends with the disgusting Sammy. Now Just Grace has to team up with two other Graces in her third-grade class for a school project, including the Big Meanie.

ISBN: 1423118979

Disney-Hyperion. 2010

Poor Vanilla Cupcake. He's feeling a bit drab next to his fancy brothers and sisters. But when his new pal, Candle, comes along with some fresh ideas, the two hatch a plan to become the snazziest duo ever found on a plate!

With an undeniably adorable hero and eye-catching design, Cupcake is sure to appeal to the sweet tooth in young readers everywhere.

Pink Me Up
ISBN: 0375856072

Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2010

For pink-obsessed Violet Bunny, attending the Pink Girls Pink-nic and Tea Party with her mama is the best day of the year-you should see her outfit! It's always been girls-only, and pink-pink-pink. But when Mama wakes up with pink spots, the day seems ruined-until Daddy steps in to take her place. But Daddy is a boy, and not at all pink. What to do? Why, pink him up, of course. And with stickers, glitter, ribbons, and tape, the pink-nic becomes a daddy-daughter outing, and Violet's pinked-up daddy is the hit of the party. Violet realizes she can pink up anything-and she will! Here's a bunny-funny, sweet offering sure to please daughters and parents.


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