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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Aaron Renier  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: , in


-- Website -- http://aaronrenier.com/


Illinois Connection

Renier lives in Chicago

Biographical and Professional Information

Aaron Renier is the author of three graphic novels for younger readers; Spiral-Bound, Walker Bean, and Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon. He is the recipient of the Eisner award in 2006 for talent deserving of wider recognition, and was an inaugural resident for the Sendak Fellowship in 2010. He teaches drawing and comics at universities in Chicago.


Published Works

  • Spiral-Bound, Top Shelf Productions, 2005
  • The Unsinkable Walker Bean, First Second, 2010
  • The Unsinkable Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon, First Second, 2018Books Illustrated by Aaron Renier and Written by Gerald Morris
  • The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great, HMH, 2009
  • The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short, HMH, 2009
  • The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True, HMH, 2013Books Illustrated by Aaron Renier and Written by Alice Schertle
  • An Anaconda Ate My Homework, HMH, 2009


Selected Titles At Your Library

Spiral-bound :
ISBN: 1891830503. OCLC Number:

Top Shelf Productions,. Marietta, GA :. 2005.

In this graphic novel about the young animal characters who live in the Town, Turnip the elephant is using the summer to find his artistic voice through sculpture, his friend Stucky the dog is building a submarine, and Ana the rabbit is working on the town's underground newspaper. Their stories all wind around the town's deep, dark secret about the monster that lives in the pond.

The unsinkable Walker Bean /
ISBN: 1596434538. OCLC Number:

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Walter Bean is happiest when he gets to spend time tinkering on his inventions in his grandfather's workshop, but when his grandfather acquires a curse, Walter must embark on dangerous quest to return a pearl skull to the witches who made it.

The unsinkable Walker Bean /
ISBN: 1596435054. OCLC Number:

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Walter Bean is happiest when he gets to spend time tinkering on his inventions in his grandfather's workshop, but when his grandfather acquires a curse, Walter must embark on dangerous quest to return a pearl skull to the witches who made it.

The adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great /
ISBN: 0547237561. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2008.

Relates tales of Sir Lancelot, the bravest knight in King Arthur's court.

The adventures of Sir Givret the Short /
ISBN: 0547248180. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2008.

While not the most intrepid knight of the Round Table, Sir Givret the Short helps King Arthur and the other knights with his cunning and cleverness.

The adventures of Sir Gawain the True /
ISBN: 0544022645. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,. Boston :. 2011.

Relates the adventures of Sir Gawain, the only undefeated knight in King Arthur's court, who eventually learns the value of friendship, courtliness, and courtesy after a challenge from the Green Knight.

An anaconda ate my homework! /
ISBN: 1423113543. OCLC Number:

Disney/Hyperion Books,. New York :. ©2009.

On his way home from school, Digby, unhappy about the ten pages of homework due the following day, is carried off to the jungle by a raptor and must escape from an extraordinary series of dangers using items from his backpack.


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