By Arthur Geisert
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618410583, 32pp.)
Publication Date: September 2004
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Descended from Spanish pirates, the Pigaroons, like their pilfering ancestors before them, stole stuff. One night they steal a crystal-clear block of ice from their neighbors the River Patrollers, who had intended to carve it for entry in the annual ice festival sculpture contest. When the River Patrollers awake to discover the Pigaroons have taken their block of ice, they decide that enough is enough, and they set about devising a plan . . .
Arthur Geisert’s etchings will delight readers with their beautiful colors and intricate details in this celebration of another triumph for creative ingenuity.
Arthur Geisert’s unique and exquisite etchings have been widely praised and exhibited at the Chicago Institute of Art, among other museums. His work 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 in Bernard, Iowa.
The lively rivalry between communities will delight many children, as will the detailed, colored etchings of inviting winter landscapes filled with busy pigs who build, sculpt, scheme, and celebrate.
This is vintage Geisert:obsessive in architectural detail, meticulous in precision line hatching, straightforward in narration, and delightfully overinvested in his procine universe.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Like his previous pig tales, this is engaging, ingenious, and original - a "pigadilly." 15MinutesMagazine.com