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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Arthur Geisert  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1941 in Dallas, Texas

-- Arthur Geisert on WorldCat --

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

The orange scarf.
ISBN: 0671650963. OCLC Number:

Simon and Schuster. New York,. [1970]

During a great snowfall Farmer Hansen and his son go looking for his cow and her new calf.

Prisoners of the scrambling dragon /
ISBN: 003016656X. OCLC Number:

Holt, Rinehart and Winston,. New York :. ©1980.

A 13-year-old cabin boy describes his first voyage aboard a Yankee trading vessel, bound for China during the 1820's, carrying furs, silver, ginseng, sandalwood, and opium.

Oink oink /
ISBN: 0395640482. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1993.

Eight piglets wander off while their mother is still sleeping and enjoy a feast in a cornfield before she brings them home again. Story told with one word.

After the flood /
ISBN: 0395666112. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. ©1994.

After surviving the Flood, Noah and his family settle in a sheltered valley with the animals they have saved and begin the glorious experience of repopulating the Earth.

Haystack /
ISBN: 0618335226. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1995.

Etchings of scenes in which haystacks serve a variety of functions.

Roman numerals I to MM =
ISBN: 0618153217. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1996.

Introduces Roman numerals, and by counting pigs in the illustrations the reader can reinforce the mathematical concept.

Prairie town /
ISBN: 0395859077. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. ©1998.

Describes a year in the life of a prairie town including the effect of seasons and of economics on the ebb and flow of this agricultural community.

The ark /
ISBN: 0618006087. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1988.

Retells the familiar Bible story, using etchings as illustrations, and vividly depicting life inside the ark.

River town /
ISBN: 0395908914. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1999.

Describes, in brief text and illustrations, a year in the life of a river bank town and the many changes that occur throughout the seasons.

Mountain town /
ISBN: 0395953901. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. ©2000.

Describes a year in the present-day life of a mountain town that was founded when prospectors searching for gold arrived in the Rocky Mountains in the mid-nineteenth century.

Nursery crimes /
ISBN: 0618956719. OCLC Number:

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For Thanksgiving Day, the fourteen pigs in the Jambonneau family trim their trees to look like turkeys, but wake up one morning to find they have all been stolen.

Prairie summer /
ISBN: 0618212930. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2002.

A young girl demonstrates the maturity gained from her experiences growing up with three sisters on a farm in South Dakota.

Oink /
ISBN: 0613707044. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1995], ©1991.

Mama Pig and her litter of eight rambunctious piglets settle down for a nap, but the little ones are too restless, and while their mother sleeps they wander off on an adventure.

Mystery /
ISBN: 0618272933. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. 2003.

During a visit to the art museum, a little piglet and her grandfather investigate the disappearance of several paintings. Clues in the illustrations give readers a chance to solve the mystery along with the heroine.

Pigaroons /
ISBN: 0618410589. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2004.

The River Patrollers are tired of the Pigaroons always stealing things, so when they steal a block of ice and carve it for the annual ice festival, the River Patrollers find an ingenious way to fight back.

The etcher's studio /
ISBN: 0618556141. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1997.

As a young boy helps prepare etchings for sale at his grandfather's studio, he imagines himself as part of some of the pictures. Includes a description of how etchings are made.

Lights out /
ISBN: 0618478922. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. 2005.

Told by his parents that his light must be out at eight o'clock, a young piglet who is afraid of the dark devises an ingenious solution to the problem.

Oops /
ISBN: 0618609040. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston [Mass.] :. 2006.

Depicts, in wordless illustrations, how a little spilled milk led to the destruction of the pig family's house.

The Giant Ball of String.
ISBN: 0618840672. OCLC Number:

Walter Lorraine,. . 2007.

Hogwash /
ISBN: 0618773320. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2008.

Illustrations without words depict the enormous and complicated contraption that Mama Pig uses to get her little piglets clean.

Country road ABC :
ISBN: 0547194692. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. Boston [Mass.] :. 2010.

Presents the alphabet using words related to a country farm.

Ice /
ISBN: 1592700985. OCLC Number:

. .

This wordless tale depicts a community of pigs that suffer from the heat and go in search of ice despite the odds against them.

The giant seed /
ISBN: 1592701159. OCLC Number:

Enchanted Lion Books ;. New York :. 2012.

See how a community of pigs makes ingenious use of a giant dandelion seed, just as an erupting volcano threatens their island.

Thunderstorm /
ISBN: 1592701337. OCLC Number:

Enchanted Lion Books,. New York :. 2013.

Thunderstorm follows the course of a storm through midwestern farm country minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, from late morning into late afternoon.


Pigs from A to Z


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


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


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

Speaking Engagements

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Contact information for Mr. Geisert

P.O. Box 113 Bernard, IA 52032