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Aaron Renier

Born: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Renier lives in Chicago

Biography: Aaron Renier is an author and an illustrator. While he writes and illustrates his own books, he also illustrates the books of other authors. He teaches drawing and comics at universities in Chicago. The author of three graphic novels for younger readers; Spiral-Bound, Walker Bean, and Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon, Renier has also illustrated Dave Eggers' The Lifters. Renier is the recipient of the Eisner award in 2006 for talent deserving of wider recognition, and was an inaugural resident for the Sendak Fellowship in 2010.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Illustrator

Primary Audience(s): Children


Selected Titles

An anaconda ate my homework!
ISBN: 9781423113546 OCLC: 262883824

Disney/Hyperion Books, New York : ©2009.

On his way home from school, Digby, unhappy about the ten pages of homework due the following day, is carried off to the jungle by a raptor and must escape from an extraordinary series of dangers using items from his backpack.

  Spiral Bound
ISBN: 9781442022706 OCLC: 313663436

Paw Prints 2009.

Spiral-bound :
ISBN: 1891830503 OCLC: 225426831

Top Shelf Productions, Marietta, GA : 2005.

In this graphic novel about the young animal characters who live in the Town, Turnip the elephant is using the summer to find his artistic voice through sculpture, his friend Stucky the dog is building a submarine, and Ana the rabbit is working on the town's underground newspaper. Their stories all wind around the town's deep, dark secret about the monster that lives in the pond.

  The adventures of Sir Gawain the True /
ISBN: 0544022645 OCLC: 607083619

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston : 2011.

Relates the adventures of Sir Gawain, the only undefeated knight in King Arthur's court, who eventually learns the value of friendship, courtliness, and courtesy after a challenge from the Green Knight.

  The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True.
ISBN: 9781480602885 OCLC: 824353265

Paw Prints 2013.

The adventures of Sir Givret the Short /
ISBN: 0547248180 OCLC: 213407286

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 2008.

While not the most intrepid knight of the Round Table, Sir Givret the Short helps King Arthur and the other knights with his cunning and cleverness.

The adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great /
ISBN: 0547237561 OCLC: 181516735

Houghton Mifflin, Boston : 2008.

Relates tales of Sir Lancelot, the bravest knight in King Arthur's court.

The unsinkable Walker Bean
ISBN: 9781596435056 OCLC: 515477765

Walter Bean is happiest when he gets to spend time tinkering on his inventions in his grandfather's workshop, but when his grandfather acquires a curse, Walter must embark on dangerous quest to return a pearl skull to the witches who made it.

  The Unsinkable Walker Bean.
ISBN: 9781448756032 OCLC: 696092220

Paw Prints 2011.