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Peter Sís (1949-) Biography

Career, Awards, Honors, SidelightsPersonal, Addresses, Member, Writings, Adaptations

Born 1949, in Brno, Moravia, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic); immigrated to United States, 1982, naturalized citizen, 1989; Education: Academy of Applied Arts (Prague, Czechoslovakia), M.A., 1974; attended Royal College of Art (London, England), 1977-78.

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Peter Sís

Association Internationale du Film d'Animation, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Graphic Artists Guild.


Rainbow Rhino, Random House (New York, NY), 1987.

Waving: A Counting Book, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1988.

Going Up!: A Color Counting Book, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1989.

Beach Ball, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1990.

Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus, Knopf (New York, NY), 1991.

An Ocean World, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1992.

Komodo!, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1993.

A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North, Knopf (New York, NY), 1993.

The Three Golden Keys, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1994.

Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (New York, NY), 1996.

Fire Truck, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1998.

Tibet: Through the Red Box, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (New York, NY), 1998.

Trucks, Trucks, Trucks, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1999.

Ship Ahoy!, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1999.

Faust, Carl Hanser Verlag (Munich, Germany), 1999, translated by Randall Jarrell, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (New York, NY), 2000.

Dinosaur!, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2000.

Madlenka, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (New York, NY), 2000.

Ballerina!, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2001.

Madlenka's Dog, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (New York, NY), 2002.

The Tree of Life: A Book Depicting the Life of Charles Darwin, Naturalist, Geologist and Thinker, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (New York, NY), 2003.

Train of States, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2004.


Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Albatros (Prague, Czech Republic), Volume 1, 1976, Volume 2, 1977.

Eveline Hasler, Hexe Lakritze und der Buchstabenkoenig, Benziger (Zurich, Switzerland), 1977.

Zizkov Romances, CSS (Prague, Czechoslovakia), 1978.

Eveline Hasler, Hexe Lakritze und Rhino Rhinoceros, Benziger (Zurich, Switzerland), 1979.

Poetry, CSS (Prague, Czechoslovakia), 1980.

Milos Maly, reteller, Tales of the Amber Ring (Baltic fairy tales), Artia (Prague, Czechoslovakia), 1981, Orbis (London, England), 1985.

Max Bolliger, Eine Zwergengeschichte (title means "Little Singer"), Bohem (Zurich, Switzerland), 1982.

George Shannon, Bean Boy, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1984.

George Shannon, Stories to Solve: Folktales from around the World, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1985.

Sid Fleischman, The Whipping Boy, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1986.

Julia Cunningham, Oaf, Knopf (New York, NY), 1986.

Caron Lee Cohen, Three Yellow Dogs, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1986.

Myra Cohn Livingston, Higgledy-Piggledy: Verses and Pictures, Atheneum (New York, NY), 1986.

Jean and Claudio Marzollo, Jed and the Space Bandits, Dial (New York, NY), 1987.

Monica Mayper, After Good-Night, Harper (New York, NY), 1987.

Eve Rice, City Night, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1987.

Sid Fleischman, The Scarebird, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1988.

Kate Banks, Alphabet Soup, Knopf (New York, NY), 1988.

Caroline Feller Bauer, editor, Halloween: Stories and Poems, Harper (New York, NY), 1989.

Sid Fleischman, The Ghost in the Noonday Sun, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1989.

Louis Decimus Rubin, The Algonquin Literary Quiz Book, Algonquin (Chapel Hill, NC), 1990.

Sid Fleischman, The Midnight Horse, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1990.

George Shannon, More Stories to Solve: Fifteen Folktales from around the World, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1990.

Jack Prelutsky, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1993.

George Shannon, Still More Stories to Solve: Fourteen Folktales from around the World, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1994.

Christopher Noel, adapter, Rumpelstiltskin (with audiocassette), Rabbit Ears Books (Rowayton, CT), 1995.

Sid Fleischman, The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1995.

Jack Prelutsky, Monday's Troll, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1996.

Miriam Schlein, Sleep Safe, Little Whale: A Lullaby, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1997.

(With Cliff Nelson) Madeleine L'Engle, Many Waters, Bantam (New York, NY), 1998.

Jack Prelutsky, The Gargoyle on the Roof, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1999.

José Saramago, The Tale of the Unknown Island, translated by Margaret Jull Costa, Harcourt Brace (New York, NY), 1999.

William Nicholson, The Wind Singer, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2000.

William Nicholson, Slaves of the Mastery, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2001.

Jacques Taravant, The Little Wing Giver, translated by Nina Ignatowicz, Holt (New York, NY), 2001.

Jack Prelutsky, Scranimals, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2002.

William Nicholson, Firesong, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2002.

Mary Chase, The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House, Knopf (New York, NY), 2003.

Diane Ackerman, Animal Sense, Knopf (New York, NY), 2003.

Contributor of illustrations to American Illustration, New York Times, New York Times Books Review, Atlantic Monthly, Time, Newsweek, House & Garden, Esquire, Forbes, Connoisseur, and Print.


Mimikry, Academy of Applied Arts (Prague, Czechoslovakia), 1975.

Island for 6,000 Alarm Clocks, Kratky Film (Prague, Czechoslovakia), 1977.

Heads, Kratky Film (Prague, Czechoslovakia), 1979.

Players, Halas & Batchelor (London, England), 1981.

Hexe Lakritze (ten parts; title means "Little Witch Licorice"), televised in Zurich, Switzerland, 1982.

You Gotta Serve Somebody, Fine Arts (Los Angeles, CA), 1983.

Aesop's Fables (two films), Helicon Video, 1984.

Twelve Months, Billy Budd Films, 1985.

Rumpelstiltskin, Rabbit Ears Productions (Rowayton, CT), 1992.

Heads and Island for 6,000 Alarm Clocks are part of the permanent film collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY.


Also creator of the CD-ROM "Eskimo Welzl" about the Czechoslovakian inventor, storyteller, adventurer, and explorer Jan Welzl. Creator of posters for theater, film, institutions, and festivals, including the film Amadeus, the Metropolitan Transportation Authorities in New York City, the Children's Book Council, and the International Jazz Festival in Rennes, France.

Starry Messenger was recorded on audio cassette by Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), 1997.

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