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Geoghegan, Adrienne 1962-

GEOGHEGAN, Adrienne 1962-

PERSONAL: Born March 4, 1962, in Dublin, Ireland; daughter of Noel and Marie (Woods) Haughney; married Ken Geoghegan, September 26, 1981 (divorced, 2001); married Mark Neiland (a photographer), May 17, 2002. Education: Kingston University, B.A. (graphic design/illustration; first class honours), 1993.

ADDRESSES: Home and office—4 Provost Row, Palantine Square, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7, Ireland. Agent—Eunice McMullen, Low Ibbotsholme Cottage, Off Brick Lane, Troutbeck Bridge, Windemere, Cumbria LA23 IHV, England. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: Illustrator and writer. Dublin Institute of Technology, College of Marketing and Design, Dublin, Ireland, part-time lecturer, 1996—. Exhibitions: Solo exhibitions at Beint & Beint Gallery, London, England, 1993; TOSCA, Dublin, Ireland, 2000; and Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland, 2000. Group exhibitions include Illustration '90, Riverside Centre, Dublin, 1990; Macmillan Prize Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, 1992; Just Art '92, Crypt Gallery, London, 1992; Barbican Awards Show, Barbican Gallery, London, 1993; Images 19, Mall Galleries, London, 1994; Great Illustrations, The Ark, Dublin, 1997; and Celebrity Art Auction, Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin, 1997.

MEMBER: Association of Artists in Ireland, Illustrators Guild of Ireland.

AWARDS, HONORS: Just Art '92 exhibition winner, 1992; award from Barbican Awards Show, 1993; Irish Copyright Licensing Agency Award, for best illustrated children's book, 1996, for Dogs Don't Wear Glasses; Norway Arts Council ArtFlight award, 1997.

WRITINGS:

PICTURE BOOKS

Six Perfectly Different Pigs, illustrated by Elisabeth Moseng, Hazar (London, England), 1993, Gareth Stevens (Milwaukee, WI), 1994.

(With John Cotton) Oscar the Dog and Friends (poetry), Longman (London, England), 1994.

(With Wendy Body and Ann Jungman) Sally and the Booted Puss and Other Stories, Longman (London, England), 1994.

(And illustrator) Dogs Don't Wear Glasses, Magi Publications (London, England), 1995, Crocodile Books (New York, NY), 1996.

There's a Wardrobe in My Monster! illustrated by Adrian Johnson, Carolrhoda Books (Minneapolis, MN), 1999.

Who Needs Pockets, Hippo (London, England), 2000.

All Your Own Teeth, illustrated by Cathy Gale, Bloomsbury (London, England), 2001, Dial (New York, NY), 2002.

ILLUSTRATOR; "READ-ON BEGINNER BOOKS" SERIES BY WENDY BODY

When the Toy Shop Shuts, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1997.

Our Play, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1997.

The Toy Shop, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1997.

In the Toy Shop, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1997.

Special Friends, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1997.

Can You Do This? Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1997.

Who Am I? Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1997.

In the Box, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance (Littleton, MA), 1997.

I'm Red, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance (Littleton, MA), 1997.

I Like Green, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance (Littleton, MA), 1997.

I Want a Red Ball, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance (Littleton, MA), 1997.

Where Is the Snake? Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance (Littleton, MA), 1997.

Where Is My Ball? Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance (Littleton, MA), 1997.

Our Play, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance (Littleton, MA), 1997.

I Don't Want That! Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance (Littleton, MA), 1997.

What's That? Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance (Littleton, MA), 1997.

I Can Make You Red, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance (Littleton, MA), 1997.

Come In! Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance (Littleton, MA), 1997.

I Want to Be, Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1997.

Can I Play? Longman (London, England), 1994, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1997.

Where Do You Live? Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

What Are You Making? Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

I Don't Want to Do That, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

It Wasn't Me! Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

I Like to Play, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

What Do I Want? Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

Can You Make a Bird? Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

But Where Is Jake? Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

I Want That! Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

Come and Play, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

I Like You, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

What's in the Box? Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

I Live Here, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

Where Is My Snake? Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

This Is Megan, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1998.

Megan Went to Bed, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

One Duck, Two Ducks . . . , Longman London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

In the Backyard, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

I Like Red, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

It's Time for Bed, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

In the Garden, Longman (London, England), 1997.

One and One Make Two, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

Is She with You? Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

Did You Do That? Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

Let's Make a Cake, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

One for You, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

Let's Play with My Dog, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

I Do, Too! Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

Jake's Poem, Longman (London, England), 1997, Sundance Press (Littleton, MA), 1999.

ILLUSTRATOR; OTHER

Tony Bradman, Pushchair Polly, Picture Ladybird (Loughborough, England), 1996.

Tessa Krailing, The Battle of Waterloo Road, Oxford University Press (Oxford, England), 2001.

Contributor of illustrations to periodicals, including London Guardian, Economist, Irish Times, and Dublin Independent.

ADAPTATIONS: The characters from Geoghegan's Dogs Don't Wear Glasses were used in a televison advertizing campaign for Jacob's Kimberly Mikado biscuits, 1999.

SIDELIGHTS: Irish illustrator and author Adrienne Geoghegan has seen success on both sides of the Atlantic, creating artwork for newspapers and book publishers in Dublin, London, and Massachusetts and exhibiting her work at group and solo art shows. From 1994 to 1997 she illustrated the "Read-on Beginner Books" series by Wendy Body, which numbers some forty books, each made up of eight pages of rudimentary text. Beginning in the mid-1990s Geoghegan began authoring her own picture-book texts, one of which, Dogs Don't Wear Glasses, she also illustrated. A hallmark of Geoghegan's work is humor, which a Kirkus reviewer, in an appraisal of Dogs Don't Wear Glasses, described as "satisfying silliness." The humor in Dogs Don't Wear Glasses lies in the actions of the visually imparied Nanny Needles, who has a number of accidents but blames them on her dog Seymour. Finally, thinking that Seymour cannot see well, she buys him glasses. At home Granny puts the glasses on herself, to see how they look, and discovers how much better she can see. Geoghegan's "bright and lively" crayon with watercolor-wash illustrations earned the praise of Booklist contributor Carolyn Phelan, although they were deemed "awkward" by a critic in Publishers Weekly.

The picture book There's a Wardrobe in My Monster!, which Sue Sherif of School Library Journal called "predictable but fun," revolves around the antics of Martha's new pet, a small green fellow who eats only wood. As the monster grows, its appetite increases until it has literally eaten a wardrobe. Finally, in this "romp of a tale to read aloud," to quote a Kirkus critic, Martha is forced by the monster's voracious appetite to return it to the pet shop for an exchange. There's a Wardrobe in My Monster! is a "quirky take on a tried-and-true pet story," concluded a Publishers Weekly contributor.

In the same vein of dry humor is Geoghegan's All Your Own Teeth, about would-be painter Stewart, who rather than realize he has no talent, searches for the perfect model from among the animals of the jungle. After rudely turning down an elephant, cheetah, giraffe, and hippopotamus who have answered his advertizement for a "Hansum wild animal" with his "own teeth and nice big smile," Stewart meets a crocodile. Stewart thinks the crocodile is just right and the crocodile, thinking Stewart is just right, gobbles up the nasty boy, a climax that Booklist's Connie Fletcher thought might make this "rollicking morality tale" too intense for very young listeners. On the other hand, a critic for Kirkus Reviews predicted that "children will chuckle over this archly-delivered cautionary tale." Wendy Lukehart pointed out the work's "alliteration and letter play," dubbing the tale "perfectly preposterous" in her School Library Journal review, and in Publishers Weekly a contributor summed up All Your Own Teeth as an "odd but visually enticing parable."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, April 1, 1996, Carolyn Phelan, review of Dogs Don't Wear Glasses, p. 1371; March 1, 2002, Connie Fletcher, review of All Your Own Teeth, p. 1141.

Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 1996, review of Dogs Don't Wear Glasses, p. 529; September 15, 1999, review of There's a Wardrobe in My Monster! pp. 1499-1500; February 1, 2002, review of All Your Own Teeth, p. 181.

Publishers Weekly, March 4, 1996, review of Dogs Don't Wear Glasses, p. 64; August 16, 1999, review of There's a Wardrobe in My Monster! p. 82; December 24, 2001, review of All Your Own Teeth, pp. 63-64.

School Library Journal, January, 1995, Patricia Pearl Dole, review of Six Perfectly Different Pigs, p. 86; May, 1996, Susan Garland, review of Dogs Don't Wear Glasses, p. 91; November, 1999, Sue Sherif, review of There's a Wardrobe in My Monster! p. 116; April, 2002, Wendy Lukehart, review of All Your Own Teeth, p. 110.*

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