The Guild Of Geniuses

by Dan Santat, Illustrated By Dan Santat

Arthur A. Levine Books
October 2004

Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3

Lexile measure: AD760L


Are you having a bad weather day? You should try Dr. Lancaster's Portable Weather Machine. Want to rise above it all? Check out Dr. Torrance's Anti-Gravity Belt. Yes, THE GUILD OF GENIUSES has created many fantastic inventions to satisfy humanity's most pressing needs...

So when Fred's best friend Mr. Pip seems a little down, Fred knows just who to call. The Guild introduces Mr. Pip to other monkeys (in case he was lonely) and throws him a parade (so he can feel important). But it turns out Fred may hold the solution after all -- and he doesn't have to be a genius to be a good friend.
Dan Santat

Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sidekicks, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including The Guild of Geniuses and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. Visit his website at


  • Praise for The Guild of Geniuses

    "Children will chuckle over the urbane visual humor in this promising debut." -- Kirkus Reviews

    "Kitschy fifties design and appealingly drawn characters make this a promising debut from Santat... Readers should keep an eye on Santat's attention-getting art and sympathetic monkey hero." -- Publishers Weekly

    "Santat creates a fabulous world filled with kitschy delights... Some will recognize elements of Maira Kalman and William Joyce's artwork, but Santat is freshly his own." -- Booklist



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780439430968

40pp. | 8-½ x 11