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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Chris Sheban  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Illustrator

Audience: Children;


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Sheban lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Chris Sheban is an artist and illustrator. He grew up in Boardman, Ohio and attended Kent State University in 1976. After two additional years of graduate work, he moved to Perugia, Italy where he worked for a year as a graphic designer and part-time illustrator. He now lives in Chicago. Sheban's work has appeared in ''PRINT'' magazine, ''Step-by-Step Graphics'', and numerous Communication Arts Illustration Annuals. He’s been awarded three Gold and three Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York. He also created the illustration cover for Kate DiCamillo's book, ''Because of Winn-Dixie''.


What to do with a Box

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A night on the range
ISBN: 9780898128291. OCLC Number: 847246288

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As he camps overnight in the backyard, an aspiring young cowboy with a healthy imagination spends his first night on the range.

Brooklyn Bridge :
ISBN: 0312674287. OCLC Number: 213451392

Feiwel and Friends,. .

In 1903 Brooklyn, fourteen-year-old Joseph Michtom's life changes for the worse when his parents, Russian immigrants, invent the teddy bear and turn their apartment into a factory, while nearby the glitter of Coney Island contrasts with the dismal lives of children dwelling under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Canary in the coal mine /
ISBN: 0823426009. OCLC Number: 810585730

Holiday House,. .

Tired of his twelve-hour shifts and facing danger daily, Bitty, a canary whose courage more than makes up for his small size, treks to the state capital to try to improve working conditions in coal mines.

Catching the moon
ISBN: 9780439576864. OCLC Number: 70044602

Arthur A. Levine Books,. .

Using a mouse as bait instead of a worm, an old woman fishes all night long, confusing the fishermen as well as the Man in the Moon.

Christmas at Stony Creek /
ISBN: 0061214868. OCLC Number: 71266623

Greenwillow Books,. .

With her father away and her brother injured, it is up to little Pip to find food for her hungry siblings and mother mouse, but it is a hard winter and the only place where she is likely to find Christmas dinner is at Land's End, where the people live.

ISBN: 9781481410199. OCLC Number: 875884357

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A wolf pack's alpha gets a disappointing surpirse when his first born son is not like a normal wolf, but rather one who has fallen for a coyote--

Hunter moran digs deep.
ISBN: 0823434508. OCLC Number: 906121904

Holiday House,. .

Hunter Moran hunts for a long-buried treasure, tearing up the town and getting into some tight spots in the process.

Hunter Moran hangs out /
ISBN: 0823428591. OCLC Number: 827852496

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When neighbor Sarah Yulefski tells Zack and Hunter that she overheard someone talking about plans to kidnap someone in their town, the twins use the last four days of summer vacation to investigate.

Hunter Moran saves the universe /
ISBN: 0823419495. OCLC Number: 779606828

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While trying to hide an incriminating report card and dodge meddling siblings, fifth-grade twins Hunter and Zack set out to save their town from a diabolical dentist who is planning to blow it to smithereens.

I met a dinosaur /
ISBN: 1568462336. OCLC Number: 882620095

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After a visit to a museum of natural history, a young girl begins to see dinosaurs everywhere.

Immortal Max /
ISBN: 0823430413. OCLC Number: 853287089

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Twelve-year-old Sammy's summer is full of complications, but he comes to appreciate what he already has even as he is working toward his long-held dream of owning a purebred puppy.

Job wanted /
ISBN: 0823433919. OCLC Number: 893389659

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Arriving at a farm with sore paws and an empty stomach, a dog tries to convince the farmer that he could be just as valuable as a cow, a horse, or a chicken.

Night circus
ISBN: 9781566605083. OCLC Number: 883748248

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Artist Etienne Delessert reflects on his lifelong pursuit of art using the dreamlike scenario of a circus procession filled with fairy-tale allusions and literary inspirations--

On Christmas Eve
ISBN: 0439930146. OCLC Number:

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Red Fox at McCloskey's farm /
ISBN: 156846195X. OCLC Number: 61295996

Creative Editions,. .

Illustrations and rhyming text relate the details of Red Fox's failed raid of the henhouse at McCloskey's Farm.

Someone like me /
ISBN: 1626723346. OCLC Number: 953843215

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In this semi-autobiographical picture book, author Patricia MacLachlan relates what it might take to grow up to become a writer.

The lonely book
ISBN: 9780375983863. OCLC Number: 797118760

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

Once popular, an increasingly shabby library book grows lonely until a young girl rediscovers it, but when it becomes lost again both the book and the girl wonder if they will have a happy ending.

The memory prisoner /
ISBN: 0803726872. OCLC Number: 45044247

Dial Books for Young Readers,. .

With her younger brother in danger, fifteen-year-old, overweight Maddie runs out of the house she has not left since she was two years old and her grandfather disappeared after they visited the town library together.

The shoe tree of Chagrin /
ISBN: 1568461739. OCLC Number: 40403634

Creative Editions,. .

The barn-tall old plainswoman Susannah DeClare braves deep snow and icy weather to fulfill her promise to deliver a load of handmade shoes to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, by Christmas.

The story of a seagull and the cat who taught her to fly /
ISBN: 0439401860. OCLC Number: 51022661

Arthur A. Levine Books,. .

A seagull, dying from the effects of an oil spill, entrusts her egg to Zorba the cat, who promises to care for it until her chick hatches, then teach the chick to fly.

ISBN: 1250313457. OCLC Number: 1104308909

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What to do with a box /
ISBN: 1568462891. OCLC Number: 907931364

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If you give a child a box, who can tell what will happen next? It may become a library or a boat. It could set the scene for a fairy tale or a wild expedition. The most wonderful thing is its seemingly endless capacity for magical adventure.