By Arthur Geisert
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618478927, 32pp.)
Publication Date: September 2005
Mama and Papa are firm: lights out at eight o’clock. But their little piglet is afraid of the dark. They say, If you can figure something out, go ahead.” So the piglet devises an ingenious series of contraptions that allow him to obey his parents while still keeping the light on long enough to fall asleep. Dominoes, tricycles, bowling balls, and baseball bats play a part as each action and reaction leads gradually to the final tug on the lamp’s switch. Follow Arthur Geisert’s detailed etchings as they reveal each step of kinetic wonder leading gradually to lights out.
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.
"Another blue-ribbon winner from Geisert." --Kirkus, starred Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Like Geisert’s etchings, an art form that calls forth inventors’ blueprints and illustrations from Victorian-era catalogs, this book reminds us to delight in the messy, low-tech route from point A to point B." Booklist, starred Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"The meticulously rendered illustrations carefully track the ingenious work of this junior Rube Goldberg . . . and mechanically minded readers will revel in the minutiae." Horn Book Horn Book
"The fine lines and small scale of Geisert’s color art work perfectly to give an effect that is intimate, energetic, and delightful."School Library Journal School Library Journal