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About the Author

Peter Sis was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1949 and attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career as a filmmaker and won the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 West Berlin Film Festival for an animated short. He has also won the Grand Prix mostrar mais Toronto and the Cine Golden Eagle Award, and in 1983 collaborated with Bob Dylan on You Got to Serve Somebody. His film work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1982 Sis was sent to Los Angeles to produce a film for the 1984 Winter Olympics. But the film project was canceled when Czechoslovakia and the entire Eastern bloc decided to boycott the Olympics. Ordered by his government to return home, Sis decided to stay in the United States and was granted asylum. Sis then met Maurice Sendak who introduced him to children's books, and he moved to New York City in 1984 to begin a career in children's literature. Sís earned quick acclaim with the publication of the 1986 Newbery Medal Winner, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman, for which he did the illustrations. Sis is a five-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.. Komodo! and A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North were each named a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and he has won a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Komodo! and a Silver Medal for The Three Golden Keys. Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei was a 1997 Caldecott Honor Book, as was Tibet Through the Red Box. Sis has also received a MacArthur Fellowship Sis' editorial illustrations have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other magazines in the United States and abroad. He has published nearly 1,000 drawings in The New York Times Book Review. He has designed many book jackets and posters, including, in 1984, the famous poster for Milos Forman's Academy Award-winning motion picture Amadeus. He has also completed a mural for the Washington/Baltimore Airport, a poster for the New York City subway system, and a stage set for the Joffrey Ballet. His work has been exhibited in Prague, London, Zurich, Hamburg, Los Angeles, and New York in both group and one-man shows. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Peter Sís

Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei (1996) 1,186 cópias
The Train of States (2004) 511 cópias
Tibet: Through the Red Box (1998) 480 cópias
Madlenka (2000) 430 cópias
Fire Truck (1998) 321 cópias
The Conference of the Birds (2011) 316 cópias
The Three Golden Keys (1994) — Autor — 281 cópias
Komodo! (1993) 166 cópias
Ice Cream Summer (2015) 158 cópias
Madlenka's Dog (2002) 147 cópias
Play, Mozart, Play! (2006) 135 cópias
Trucks Trucks Trucks (1999) 132 cópias
Ballerina! (2001) 129 cópias
Alphabet Soup (1988) — Ilustrador — 106 cópias
Robinson (2017) 104 cópias
Rainbow Rhino (1987) 94 cópias
Dinosaur! (2000) 87 cópias
Madlenka Soccer Star (2010) 69 cópias
An Ocean World (1992) 50 cópias
Ship Ahoy! (1999) 43 cópias
Beach Ball (1707) 29 cópias
Waving: A Counting Book (1988) 26 cópias
Three Yellow Dogs (1986) — Ilustrador — 10 cópias
Tři zlaté klíče (2001) 3 cópias
Madlenka Doll (2001) 1 exemplar(es)
Ballerina 1 exemplar(es)
NICKY 6 VERA (2022) 1 exemplar(es)
el gos de malenka 1 exemplar(es)
Madlenka 1 exemplar(es)
Komodo (2016) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

O Hobbit (1937) — Artista da capa, algumas edições95,259 cópias
A Wrinkle in Time (1962) — Artista da capa, algumas edições39,842 cópias
A Wind in the Door (1973) — Artista da capa, algumas edições12,788 cópias
A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978) — Artista da capa, algumas edições12,096 cópias
Muitas Águas (1986) — Ilustrador, algumas edições8,104 cópias
The Whipping Boy (1986) — Ilustrador — 7,942 cópias
O Livro dos Seres Imaginários (1957) — Ilustrador, algumas edições2,719 cópias
The Wind Singer (2000) — Ilustrador — 1,839 cópias
The Dreamer (2010) — Ilustrador — 1,272 cópias
Slaves of the Mastery (2001) — Ilustrador, algumas edições1,077 cópias
Firesong (2002) — Ilustrador, algumas edições997 cópias
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight (1993) — Ilustrador — 977 cópias
The Tale of the Unknown Island (1997) — Ilustrador — 970 cópias
Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Ilustrador — 774 cópias
The House of Paper (2004) — Ilustrador — 679 cópias
Scranimals (2002) — Ilustrador — 479 cópias
Stories to Solve (1985) — Ilustrador — 475 cópias
The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story (1995) — Ilustrador, algumas edições448 cópias
Imaginary Lands (1985) — Artista da capa, algumas edições357 cópias
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contribuinte — 353 cópias
The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House (1968) — Ilustrador, algumas edições312 cópias
The Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1965) — Ilustrador, algumas edições280 cópias
The Midnight Horse (1990) — Ilustrador, algumas edições246 cópias
Monday's Troll (1996) — Ilustrador — 241 cópias
A Collection of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories (2004) — Ilustrador, algumas edições236 cópias
More Stories to Solve (1991) — Ilustrador — 227 cópias
The Gargoyle on the Roof (1999) — Ilustrador — 141 cópias
The Dream Stealer (2009) — Ilustrador — 130 cópias
The Little Wing Giver (1997) — Ilustrador — 86 cópias
The Scarebird (1988) — Ilustrador, algumas edições84 cópias
Still More Stories to Solve (1994) — Ilustrador — 79 cópias
The Magician's Apprentice (2012) — Ilustrador — 57 cópias
Rumpelstiltskin (1678) — Ilustrador — 24 cópias
Tales of the Amber Ring (1981) — Ilustrador — 11 cópias
A Gopher in the Garden and Other Animal Poems (1967) — Ilustrador, algumas edições6 cópias
Higgledy Piggledy (1986) — Ilustrador — 4 cópias
After Good-Night (1987) — Ilustrador — 3 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Sís, Peter
Data de nascimento
Czechoslovakia (birth)
Local de nascimento
Brno, Czech Republic
Locais de residência
Brno, Czech Republic (birth)
Prague, Czech Republic
London, England, UK
New York, New York, USA
Royal College of Art
Golden Bear Award (1980 West Berlin Film Festival)
Grand Prix Toronto
Cine Golden Eagle Award
MacArthur Fellowship (2003)
May Hill Arbuthnot Lecturer (2011)
Hans Christian Andersen Award (2012)
Pequena biografia
Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, and filmmaker. Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1949, he began his film career by winning the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 West Berlin Film Festival for an animated short. His film work is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He turned to publishing in 1984 and quickly became one of the leading artists in the field. With more than twenty books to his credit and almost as many honors, Peter is a seven-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Most recently, in 2007, he published The Wall: Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain, which was awarded the Robert F. Sibert Medal and was also named a Caldecott Honor Book. Peter Sís was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003. He lives in the New York City area with his wife and children.



Independent Reading Level: Grades 4-5
Awards: Caldecott Medal/Honor, 2008. 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, winner of the 2008 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, and a nominee for the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids.
amaveritt | outras 144 resenhas | Apr 27, 2024 |
I think this one falls in the category of “children’s books that aren’t actually written for children” - it assumes a lot of prior knowledge of the Cold War that most kids won’t have, the vocabulary would be frustrating to many kids, and it is very ideologically heavy-handed. That said, there definitely are history enthusiasts among our young readers that would be familiar enough with the subject matter to pick up what Sis is trying to do with this story, so I’d recommend it to that subgroup, but don’t have this be their intro to the Cold War.… (mais)
sloth852 | outras 144 resenhas | Apr 8, 2024 |
Beautiful, appropriately medieval, both spare and maximalist. Makes me want to read the original next.
localgayangel | outras 22 resenhas | Mar 5, 2024 |
In explaining why he wrote this book, award winning author and illustrator Peter Sis said, "I was always looking up the celebrated adventures, explorers, inventors, and dreamers. But I had not paid enough attention to the reluctant and quiet heroes. Here was a man who would see something wrong and do something to correct it, but who never claimed to be a hero." How lucky we are that Sis learned of Nicholas Winston's story and the children he helped like Vera Gissing. This inspirational story provides a different look into WWII. It is also a timely topic, with refugees fleeing conflict today, and provokes discussion of this issue with young readers and adults.… (mais)
AnnesLibrary | outras 9 resenhas | Jan 28, 2024 |



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