Laurie Keller

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Laurie Keller
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Keller reading at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, 2014
Occupation Illustrator, writer
Nationality American
Alma mater Kendall College of Art and Design
Genre Children's non-fiction, picture books
Website
lauriekeller.com

Laurie Keller is an American children's writer and illustrator. She has written and illustrated books for Henry Holt & Co. Books for Young Readers, and produced illustrations for others.

Life[edit]

Keller grew up in Muskegon, Michigan. After graduating high school, she took education classes at a local community college and studied dance until a friend brought her to see a show at the Kendall College of Art and Design, which re-sparked her interest, causing her to enroll and receive a degree from the college in illustration.

Following graduation, Keller worked for seven years for Hallmark Cards as a greeting card artist. While there, she was allowed to design entire cards, which caused her to consider writing and illustrating books. Starting in 1997, she made illustrations for Nickelodeon, and later in 1998, she directed 6 network ID's for the channel with Pitch Productions, using pipe-cleaners and cel animation.

Keller has written and illustrated six books for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers: The Scrambled States of America, a geography book; Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, a dental book about tooth care; Arnie the Doughnut, about an anthropomorphic doughnut; Grandpa Gazillion's Number Yard, a number book, Do Unto Otters, a book about manners; and The Scrambled States of America Talent Show, the follow-up to her 1998 debut.

Books[edit]

As writer and illustrator[edit]

  • The Spinny Icky Showdown - 2015
  • Invasion of the Ufonuts - 2014

The Scrambled States of America[edit]

The Scrambled States of America
Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Subject Geography
Genre Fiction
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
1998
Media type Hardback
Pages 32
ISBN 0-8050-5802-8
OCLC 38150163
[E] 21
LC Class PZ7.K281346 Sc 1998

Keller's first book was released by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers in 1998, and tells the story about the 50 states of America becoming bored and organizing a party, where the states meet each other, hit it off, and decide to trade places.

Publishers Weekly gave the book a positive review, noting that "[i]t's hard to imagine a more engaging (or comical) way to learn the 50 states and their locations."[1]

A tie-in card game of the same name was published in 2002 by Gamewright.[2] It is a two to four-player game geared toward players 8 years old and up.

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside[edit]

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside
Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Subject Biology
Genre Fiction
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
2000
Media type Hardback
Pages 40
ISBN 0-8050-6192-4
OCLC 41256282
617.6 21
LC Class RK63 .K44 2000

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside was Keller's second book and was released by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers in 2000. It tells the story of a day in a tooth school, with all 32 tooth students present. The book reviews the biology of teeth, tooth care, and teeth in history.

Arnie the Doughnut[edit]

Arnie the Doughnut
Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fiction
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
2003
Media type Hardback
Pages 40
ISBN 0-8050-6283-1
OCLC 49525694
[E] 21
LC Class PZ7.K281346 Ar 2003

Arnie the Doughnut is Keller's third book. Released in 2003 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, it is the story of a doughnut named Arnie, who attempts to avoid his fate after being purchased by Mr. Bing.

The story was also released on DVD, narrated by Michael McKean.[3]

Grandpa Gazillion's Number Yard[edit]

Grandpa Gazillion's Number Yard
Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Subject Mathematics, Numbers
Genre Fiction
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
2005
Media type Hardback
Pages 32
ISBN 0-8050-6282-3
OCLC 56755961
[E] 22
LC Class PZ8.3.K294 Gr 2005

Grandpa Gazillion's Number Yard is the fourth children's book by Keller. Released in 2005 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, it tells, in rhyme, about the numbers 1 through 20 using the character of Grandpa Gazillion, who runs a junkyard full of numbers.

Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners[edit]

Do Unto Otters
Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Subject Manners
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
2007
Media type Hardback
Pages 40
ISBN 0-8050-7996-3
OCLC 76133475
[E] 22
LC Class PZ7.K281346 Do 2007

Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners was released in 2007 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Keller brings the "Golden Rule" to life in the form of Mr. Rabbit and his new neighbors, the Otters, who show kids that a simple "please" or "thank you" goes a long way in making friends, while animating every page with their well-behaved hijinks.

This book was a Junior Library Guild selection.[4]

Weston Woods distributes a fully animated version of this book on DVD under the same name.[5]

Kirkus Reviews stated "While kids may well have encountered the Golden Rule elsewhere, this explanation and elaboration nicely unifies what might otherwise seem like a dreary list of manners. This lively book is anything but."[6]

The Scrambled States of America Talent Show[edit]

The Scrambled States of America Talent Show
Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Subject Geography
Genre Fiction
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
2008
Media type Hardback
Pages 40
ISBN 0-8050-7997-1
OCLC 181368673
[E] 22
LC Class PZ7.K281346 Scr 2008

The Scrambled States of America Talent Show is the companion to 1998's The Scrambled States of America. It was a Junior Library Guild selection.[7]

New York comes up with the idea of having all the states participate in a talent show. The states eagerly agree and prepare for their acts. However, Georgia has stage fright and is worried how her performance will go.

Kirkus Reviews believed "this exuberant geographical jamboree will definitely leave readers in a state."[8]

Birdy's Smile Book (2010)[edit]

Kirkus Reviews found that "The collaged illustrations are bold and textured and occupy white space in Keller's characteristically exuberant style." but "The narrative voice and illustrative feel ... are at odds with much of the content, which requires the sense of humor and irony of an older child. Whether they will embrace the presentation and Birdy's exhaustive salute remains open to question."[9]

Bowling Alley Bandit (2013)[edit]

Bowling Alley Bandit has received numerous positive reviews including - "yummy chapter-book series opener."[10] "Keller shrewdly targets hesitant readers with an abundance of goofy comedy"[11] " I would recommend this book to kids or adults that prefer silly books. It's very funny and made me laugh every page."[12] "This book, with comic type illustrations, will entertain children who enjoy humor, puns, and silliness."[13] It is also a 2016 Nutmeg Book Award Elementary Nominee[14] and appears on many school and library reading lists.[15][16][17]

As illustrator only[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Scrambled States of America". www.publishersweekly.com. PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Scrambled States of America™ Game". www.gamewright.com. Gamewright. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Arnie the Doughnut (2005)". www.imdb.com. IMDb. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "New Books - December, 2009 New books for the week of December 7, 2009 Juvenile Collection". www.sils.unc.edu. University of North Carolina. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Do Unto Otters (2008)". www.imdb.com. IMDb. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Do Unto Otters A Book of Manners". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "The scrambled states of America talent show". www.willistonndlibrary.org. Williston Community Library. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Scrambled States of America". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Birdy's Smile Book". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bowling Alley Bandit". www.kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus Media LLC. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Bowling Alley Bandit". www.publishersweekly.com. PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Review of Bowling Alley Bandit". www.darienlibrary.org. Darien Library. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Read May 2014". www.ci.broomfield.co.us. Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "2016 Nutmeg Book Award Elementary Nominees" (PDF). www.nutmegaward.org. Nutmeg Book Awards. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "GRADES K-3 Summer 2015 Reading List" (PDF). www.bellschoollibrary.weebly.com. Marblehead School Elementary. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "2014 Summer Reading List Rising Sixth Grade" (PDF). www.ccs.k12.va.us. Charlottesville City Schools. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Reading is Fun!! 4th grade Summer Reading Suggestions Berkeley School Libraries, 2014" (PDF). www.berkeleyschools.net. BUSD Library Services. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 

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