In this follow up to the magnificently inventive Ice, Arthur Geisert once again charms us with his porcine world. This time his pigs must get creative when a volcano destroys their home. Fortunately they got busybefore 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 etchings that seem to come from an old cherished album, The Big Seed is a worthy successor to Geisert’s Ice.
Award-winning children's book author Arthur Geisert's pigs are legendary in the world of children's books. They carve ice sculptures, teach Roman numerals, create ingenious machines, and get up to all kinds of antics. Did Arthur grow up on a farm? No. He grew up in Los Angeles and claims not to have seen a pig until he was an adult. Trained as a sculptor in college, Geisert learned to etch at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He has published just about a book a year for the past thirty years and every one of his books has been illustrated with etchings. In 1996 (as well as once previous to that) he won The New York Times Best Illustrated Award. Geisert lives in Bernard, Iowa.
"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." —100scopenotes.com
"Geisert's etchings unfold with grace and understated drama; enigmatic details should urge readers to imaginatively participate in the open-ended story." —Publishers Weekly