The Giant Seed

The Giant Seed


Written and illustrated by Arthur Geisert

A 2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year

In this follow up to the magnificently inventive Ice (a 2011 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book), Arthur Geisert once again charms us with his delicately defined pigs. This time his pigs must get creative when a volcano destroys their home. Fortunately they got busy before trouble hit by planting a huge mysterious seed—for it's the seed plus imagination, as well as a good dose of can-do spirit, that save the day!

Illustrated with inventive, sensitive, and unusually lovely copper plate etchings that seem to come from an old cherished album, The Giant Seed is a worthy successor to Geisert’s Ice.

ISBN: 978-1-59270-115-5
10" (W) x 5.88" (H) • 32 pages • HCJ

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A 2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year

"All of Geisert's etchings are things of antique beauty—feasts for the eyes, the dandelion leaves alone are print-quality items--but the hail of lava has an otherworldly sinister loveliness. [...] This is a story of magic, etched with an everydayness that encourages readers to invite wonder, even bewilderment, into their lives." —Kirkus Reviews

"Don’t repeat yourself. In literature, we hear that a lot, right? Authors shouldn’t dip their bucket in the same well too many times, lest things get old. The audience gets bored. I would like to include ‘…unless you know what you’re doing’ to that time-honored adage. With The Giant Seed, Arthur Geisert mines some familiar territory (especially for those familiar with his last book, the outstanding Ice)—wordless, porcine, and survivalist. But when you know what you’re doing, as Geisert does, and can create stories with this much beauty and imagination, that stuff about going back to the well goes out the window." —Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes

"Geisert's etchings unfold with grace and understated drama; enigmatic details should urge readers to imaginatively participate in the open-ended story." —Publishers Weekly


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