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by Arthur Geisert

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers (2004-09-27)

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Amazon Description

Descended from Spanish pirates, the Pigaroons, like their pilfering ancestors before them, stole stuff. One night they steal a crystal-clear block of ice from their neighbors the River Patrollers, who had intended to carve it for entry in the annual ice festival sculpture contest. When the River Patrollers awake to discover the Pigaroons have taken their block of ice, they decide that enough is enough, and they set about devising a plan . . .
Arthur Geisert’s etchings will delight readers with their beautiful colors and intricate details in this celebration of another triumph for creative ingenuity.

One Potato Review

Pigs. A heist. An ice-carving. Hmmm. You could worry a little over some of Geisert’s recurring devices, or you could marvel at whatever fixations amount to work of such fanatical detail, both in his intricate etchings of landscapes and flying machines and dinner tables, and in his thoroughly imagined plots and machinations; there’s not enough time in the day to notice every peripheral happening in this book. So let’s marvel. Unapologetic and completely original.

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