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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

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (2007) 1,216 cópias, 145 resenhas
Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei (1996) 1,171 cópias, 31 resenhas
The Train of States (2004) 513 cópias, 10 resenhas
Tibet: Through the Red Box (1998) 484 cópias, 19 resenhas
The Tree of Life: Charles Darwin (2003) 447 cópias, 25 resenhas
Madlenka (2000) 430 cópias, 24 resenhas
Fire Truck (1998) 326 cópias, 26 resenhas
The Conference of the Birds (2011) 316 cópias, 23 resenhas
The Three Golden Keys (1994) — Autor — 283 cópias, 9 resenhas
Komodo! (1993) 167 cópias, 8 resenhas
Ice Cream Summer (2015) 161 cópias, 8 resenhas
Madlenka's Dog (2002) 150 cópias, 8 resenhas
A Small Tall Tale From The Far Far North (1993) 146 cópias, 4 resenhas
Play, Mozart, Play! (2006) 137 cópias, 16 resenhas
Trucks Trucks Trucks (1999) 132 cópias, 5 resenhas
Ballerina! (2001) 129 cópias, 2 resenhas
Alphabet Soup (1988) — Ilustrador — 106 cópias
Robinson (2017) 106 cópias, 4 resenhas
Rainbow Rhino (1987) 96 cópias, 3 resenhas
Dinosaur! (2000) 88 cópias, 2 resenhas
Madlenka Soccer Star (2010) 70 cópias, 2 resenhas
An Ocean World (1992) 50 cópias, 1 resenha
Ship Ahoy! (1999) 43 cópias, 2 resenhas
Beach Ball (1707) 29 cópias, 3 resenhas
Waving: A Counting Book (1988) 26 cópias, 5 resenhas
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 edições95,776 cópias, 1,192 resenhas
A Wrinkle in Time (1962) — Artista da capa, algumas edições40,054 cópias, 962 resenhas
A Wind in the Door (1973) — Artista da capa, algumas edições12,823 cópias, 122 resenhas
A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978) — Artista da capa, algumas edições12,131 cópias, 106 resenhas
Muitas Águas (1986) — Ilustrador, algumas edições8,136 cópias, 63 resenhas
The Whipping Boy (1986) — Ilustrador — 7,990 cópias, 125 resenhas
O Livro dos Seres Imaginários (1957) — Ilustrador, algumas edições2,729 cópias, 29 resenhas
The Wind Singer (2000) — Ilustrador — 1,842 cópias, 38 resenhas
The Dreamer (2010) — Ilustrador — 1,278 cópias, 87 resenhas
Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants (2004) — Artista da capa — 1,257 cópias, 44 resenhas
Slaves of the Mastery (2001) — Ilustrador, algumas edições1,082 cópias, 12 resenhas
Firesong (2002) — Ilustrador, algumas edições1,002 cópias, 6 resenhas
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight (1993) — Ilustrador — 983 cópias, 24 resenhas
The Tale of the Unknown Island (1997) — Ilustrador — 972 cópias, 24 resenhas
Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Ilustrador — 776 cópias, 13 resenhas
The House of Paper (2004) — Ilustrador — 680 cópias, 35 resenhas
Scranimals (2002) — Ilustrador — 480 cópias, 23 resenhas
Stories to Solve (1985) — Ilustrador — 478 cópias, 2 resenhas
The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story (1995) — Ilustrador, algumas edições452 cópias, 6 resenhas
Imaginary Lands (1985) — Artista da capa, algumas edições359 cópias, 4 resenhas
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contribuinte — 357 cópias, 8 resenhas
The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House (1968) — Ilustrador, algumas edições312 cópias, 9 resenhas
The Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1965) — Ilustrador, algumas edições281 cópias, 5 resenhas
The Midnight Horse (1990) — Ilustrador, algumas edições247 cópias, 2 resenhas
The Art of Reading: Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary (2005) — Contribuinte — 243 cópias, 3 resenhas
Monday's Troll (1996) — Ilustrador — 243 cópias, 5 resenhas
A Collection of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories (2004) — Ilustrador, algumas edições239 cópias, 3 resenhas
More Stories to Solve (1991) — Ilustrador — 227 cópias, 4 resenhas
The Gargoyle on the Roof (1999) — Ilustrador — 143 cópias, 4 resenhas
The Dream Stealer (2009) — Ilustrador — 131 cópias, 6 resenhas
The Little Wing Giver (1997) — Ilustrador — 87 cópias
The Scarebird (1988) — Ilustrador, algumas edições84 cópias, 1 resenha
Still More Stories to Solve (1994) — Ilustrador — 80 cópias, 5 resenhas
The Magician's Apprentice (2012) — Ilustrador — 57 cópias, 6 resenhas
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, 1 resenha


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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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