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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Arthur Geisert  

Pen Name: None


Audience: 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.


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

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) '''Contact information for Mr. Geisert ''' P.O. Box 113 Bernard, IA 52032

Selected Titles At Your Library

After the flood /
ISBN: 0395666112. OCLC Number: 28291481

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

Country road ABC :
ISBN: 9780547194691. OCLC Number: 441152260

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. .

Presents the alphabet using words related to a country farm.

Hogwash /
ISBN: 0618773320. OCLC Number: 145396411

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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

ISBN: 9781592700981. OCLC Number: 601126307

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

Lights out /
ISBN: 0618478922. OCLC Number: 57405450

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. .

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.

Mountain town /
ISBN: 0395953901. OCLC Number: 41285043

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

Mystery /
ISBN: 0618272933. OCLC Number: 51518467

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. .

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.

Nursery crimes /
ISBN: 0618956719. OCLC Number: 44750671

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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.

Oink /
ISBN: 0613707044. OCLC Number: 732754351

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

Oink oink /
ISBN: 0395640482. OCLC Number: 26591246

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

Oops /
ISBN: 0618609040. OCLC Number: 62188892

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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

Pa's balloon and other pig tales
ISBN: 0395353815. OCLC Number: 9970454

Houghton Mifflin,. .

A pig family take their new balloon for a ride, race it, and eventually fly it over the North Pole.

Pigaroons /
ISBN: 0618410589. OCLC Number: 54500457

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

Pigs from 1 to 10
ISBN: 0618216111. OCLC Number: 25410378

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Ten pigs go on an adventurous quest. The reader is asked to find all ten of them, and the numerals from zero to nine, in each picture.

Pigs from A to Z
ISBN: 0395385091. OCLC Number: 13945316

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Seven piglets cavort through a landscape of hidden letters as they build a tree house.

Prairie summer /
ISBN: 0618212930. OCLC Number: 47650667

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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

Prairie town /
ISBN: 0395859077. OCLC Number: 37748523

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

Prisoners of the scrambling dragon /
ISBN: 003016656X. OCLC Number: 4804581

Holt, Rinehart and Winston,. .

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.

River town /
ISBN: 0395908914. OCLC Number: 39116589

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

Roman numerals I to MM =
ISBN: 0618153217. OCLC Number: 33132030

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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

The ark /
ISBN: 0618006087. OCLC Number: 17952107

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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

The etcher's studio /
ISBN: 0618556141. OCLC Number: 35364649

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

The Giant Ball of String.
ISBN: 9780618840670. OCLC Number: 148687837

Walter Lorraine,. .

The giant seed
ISBN: 9781592701155. OCLC Number: 756581496

Enchanted Lion Books ;. .

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

The orange scarf.
ISBN: 0671650963. OCLC Number: 80728

Simon and Schuster. .

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

ISBN: 1592701701. OCLC Number: 878837937

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Presents an illustrated account of a storm that moves through a Midwestern farming region over the course of several hours that is documented by a timeline and images of atmospheric changes and human response. This new edition of the story is presented as one continuous illustration on a single leaf in concertina format.