Cleonardo, The Little Inventor

by Mary GrandPré, Illustrated By Mary GrandPré

Arthur A. Levine Books
September 2016

Ages 4 – 8 . Grades PreK – 3

Library of Congress: 2015043457

Cleonardo's father is an inventor. So was her grandfather, her great-grandfather, and all the great-greats before them. Cleo wants to be an inventor too. She tries to help her father in his workshop, but he never uses her great ideas. Can Cleo invent something big and important and perfect all by herself?

This imaginative story of a father and his daughter brings the magic of creativity to little inventors everywhere.
Mary GrandPré

Mary GrandPré has illustrated more than twenty beautiful books, including The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, which received a Caldecott Honor; Cleonardo, the Little Inventor, of which she is also the author; and the original American editions of all seven Harry Potter novels. Her work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Wall Street Journal, and her paintings and pastels have been shown in galleries across the United States. Ms. GrandPré lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her family.


  • Praise for Cleonardo, The Little Inventor :

    * "Rooted in intelligence and love, GrandPré’s story will enthrall, empower, and encourage creation." -- Booklist, starred review

    Praise for The Noisy Paint Box :

    * "GrandPré's paintings conjure up an entire epoch... breathing life into all the characters." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    * "Richly colored, large acrylic paint and paper collage pictures illustrate the life of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the first painters of abstract art..." -- Booklist, starred review

    * "A rich, accomplished piece about a pioneer in the art world." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    * "Outstanding." -- School Library Journal, starred review



ISBN: 9780439357647

48pp. | 8-½ x 11