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Disgusting Critters, by Elise Gravel

07 Aug 2014

Geekwrapped’s List of 100 Science Books for Kids Includes Five of Our Artists’ Books

April 24, 2017

Geekwrapped, a website that recommends gifts for the geeks and science enthusiasts in your life, recently compiled a list of one hundred best science books for children. Five of our author and illustrator’s books were included on this list, including three written and illustrated by Gene Barretta! These books included…

Geekwrapped’s full list of science books for children can be found here.

Elise Gravel Wins “Science in Society” Award forThe Fly

June 23, 2015

Elise Gravel has been awarded the Science in Society 2014 Children’s Book Award for her book, The Fly. The awards are granted by Canada’s National Association of Science Writers. The Disgusting Critters series teaches kids about some of the world’s nastiest creatures, serving up lots of gross scientific facts along with a big helping of humor. Congrats Elise!


The Rat and The Fly by Elise Gravel receive awards

June 4, 2015

The Rat by Elise Gravel was selected for the Prix des Premières Lectures Coup de pouce Clé, in France, andThe Fly was selected for the Science in Society Children’s Book Award. The two books are part of Gravel’s Disgusting Critters series.

The Prix des Premières Lectures Coup de pouce Clé is chosen by over 10,000 children every year, and the aim of the award is to promote the love of books to children in a fun and educational way.

The Science in Society Children’s Book Award is presented annually from the Canadian Science Writers’ Association, and The Fly was selected based on its “initiative, originality, scientific accuracy, clarity of interpretation and value in promoting a better understanding of science by the public.”

2015 Wisconsin State Reading Association “Picture This!” List

March 19, 2015

Painted Words authors and illustrators Molly Idle, Elise Gravel, Vanessa Brantley Newton, and Ashley Spires had books selected for the 2015 WSRA (Wisconsin State Reading Association) Picture This! ListFor this award, the committee evaluates books based on the quality of literature, the appeal for students, and the value for classroom use.  The books selected from our talented artists include Flora and the PenguinThe Fly, The Worm, The Hula Hoopin’ Queen, and The Most Magnificent Thing.  Congrats, ladies!

To view the full list, click here.

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The Spider and Head Lice by Elise Gravel are available now

Feb 10, 2015

The Spider and Head Lice by Elise Gravel are available now!

The much-anticipated latest books in Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters series are finally for sale!

They join other titles The WormThe RatThe Slug and The Fly in a fun, informative series all about those nasty little creatures many refer to as disgusting.



Untitled-2Elise Gravel’s The Slug and The Rat are Out Now!

August 7, 2014

The two latest books in Elise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters series are now available from Tundra Books. Elise investigates the lives of rats and slugs with humor and plenty of nasty factoids, showing that while they may be absolutely disgusting, that’s no reason to dislike these friendly creatures!  Rats, slugs, worms, flies….what next!?




thefly_thewormElise Gravel’s Disgusting Critters Series Earns Acclaim

February 28, 2014

The first two books in Elise’s Disgusting Critters series, The Worm and The Fly, come out this month. Both books have earned acclaim for their comical mix of educational and entertaining grossness!

Praise for The Worm:

“Gravel presented a perfect sequence of fascinating facts with a delicate dash of icky…. It’s part of a series and we’re hoping the other books are just as good.”
The Globe and Mail

“The boldly colored cartoons and handwritten display fonts make this a very appealing package . . . Gravel tightrope-walks the line between gross and funny.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Fly:

“Young readers will at least come away with a thorough understanding of how unsanitary these insects are and also, perhaps, clearer pictures of their physical makeup, life cycle and even some of the differences among fly species. Gross-out potential, for sure–but also likely to give larval entomologists a mild buzz.”
— Kirkus