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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Frank Fiorello  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Children's Fiction Illustrator

Audience: Children; Children;

Born: in Rockford, Illinois

-- Frank Fiorello on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Fiorello was born and raised in Rockford and lived in Calendonia for many years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Frank Fiorello's is an author and illustrator. He was a cartoonist/newsroom illustrator for the Rockford Register Star. Fiorello had polio as a child and has been in a wheelchair ever since. He traveled to South America, Europe and the Middle East as a member of the United States Olympic Wheelchair Team. He and his wife ran Fiorello's Pumpkin Patch, for many years. They now live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Published Works

  • Oh, How I Wished I Could Read!, JGC / United Publishing Corps, 1995 - written by John Gile
  • Searching for the Perfect Pumpkin, Pumpkin Patch Publishing, 1995
  • Pumpkin Parch Cats, Pumpkin Patch Publishing, 1996
  • Story of Pumpkin, Pumpkin Patch Publishing, 1997
  • Spanky the Cat Who Loved Christmas, Pointed Ear Press, 1997 - written by Tim Hughes
  • Pumpkin Patch Scarecrows, Pumpkin Patch Publishing, 1998
  • Mom, When Will it be Halloween? Pumpkin Patch Publishing, 1999
  • Out to the Pumpkin Patch, Frank Fiorello / Hinkle Produce, 1999
  • Harvest Song, Pumpkin Patch Publishing, 2000
  • When I Read, Pumpkin Patch Publishing, 2000
  • Pumpkinville, Pumpkin Patch Publishing, 2001
  • Frankie Big head Becomes an Artist, Pumpkin Patch Publishing, 2002
  • Pumpkin Carving Pattern Book, Pumpkin Patch Publishing, 2004

Selected Titles At Your Library

Oh, how I wished I could read! /
ISBN: 0910941106. OCLC Number:

John Gile Communications,. Rockford, IL :. ©1995.

A little boy has a nightmare that he can't read and is relieved when he wakes up and finds that it isn't true.

Searching for the perfect pumpkin /
ISBN: 0964630001. OCLC Number:

F. Fiorello,. Caledonia, IL :. ©1995.

Searching for the perfect pumpkin follow two children and a hilarious black cat on a fun romp through the Pumpkin Patch.

Pumpkin patch cats /
ISBN: 096463001X. OCLC Number:

F. Fiorello,. Caledonia, IL :. ©1996.

Every Halloween, as moonlight casts shadows over the old harvest barn and pumpkins glow brightly in the night, the pumpkin patch cats come out to play.

The story of Pumpkin /
ISBN: 0964630028. OCLC Number:

F. Fiorello,. Caledonia, IL :. ©1997.

In the Pumpkin Patch, a little pumpkin is not chosen to be a jack-o-lantern, but one of its seeds gives rise to another pumpkin the following year, and that one does become a jack-o-lantern.

Spanky, the cat who loved Christmas /
ISBN: 0965949508. OCLC Number:

[Pointed Ear Press],. [Rockford, Ill.] :. ©1997.

Stanley has trouble deciding what to give his mother for Mother's Day.

Pumpkin patch scarecrows /
ISBN: 0964630036. OCLC Number:

F. Fiorello,. Caledonia, IL :. ©1998.

Explores the life and duties of a scarecrow in a pumpkin patch.

Mom, when will it be Halloween? /
ISBN: 0964630052. OCLC Number:

F. Fiorello,. Caledonia, IL :. ©1999.

Young children learn what activities lead to Halloween, from signs of autumn to visiting the pumpkin patch.

Harvest song /
ISBN: 0964630095. OCLC Number:

[Pumpkin Patch Books],. [Caledonia, Ill.] :. ©2000.

Two children and their cat discover the changing patterns of nature.

When I read /
ISBN: 0964630060. OCLC Number:

F. Fiorello,. Caledonia, IL :. ©2000.

"A story about how your imagination can take you on exciting adventures when you discover the power of reading."

Pumpkinville /
ISBN: 0970840012. OCLC Number:

F. Fiorello,. Caledonia, IL :. ©2001.

Peter and his animal friends join forces to grow the biggest pumpkin in PUMPKINVILLE!

Frankie big head becomes an artist /
ISBN: 0970840020. OCLC Number:

Pumpkin Patch Pub.,. [Las Vegas, Nev.] :. ©2002.

Story about how the author used his curiosity and the five senses to develop his artistic abilities."

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