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Michael Gravois


MICHAEL GRAVOIS is the author of 21 books for teachers published by Scholastic Teaching Resources and has written numerous articles for Instructor Magazine. His first play, Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree, was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2012, and they will publish his second play, Aesop’s Fable-ous Barnyard Bash, in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of New Orleans and a master’s degree in education from Rutgers University. A former fifth-grade teacher, he is now an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, where he teaches theatre and education classes. Gravois is a resident company member at Playhouse on the Square, a professional theatre in Memphis, Tenn., where he has performed in dozens of shows including God of Carnage, Clybourne Park, The Drowsy Chaperone, I Am My Own Wife, and The Pillowman. He is also an accomplished director (The Diary of Anne Frank and Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol) and scenic designer (Tuesdays With Morrie, Three Days of Rain and God of Carnage). He is currently writing a middle grade novel set in Pompeii called A Stone From the Ashes. And he is illustrating a picture book he wrote called On the Graceful, Grassy Great Grain Plain.


About the Books:
21 Scholastic Books


25 Totally Terrific Science Projects: Easy How-to's and Templates for Projects That Motivate Students to Show What They Know About Key Science Topics

Showcase students’ learning with these 25 fun and easy-to-make presentation formats for key topics in physical, earth, and life sciences! This collection of motivating projects, features the Super-Power Comic Book, Phases of the Moon Four-Fold Book, Digestive System Datadisk, and many more hands-on ways for students to share what they’ve studied in class or researched on their own. Includes step-by-step directions, templates, photographs of sample projects, and a rubric for easy grading. For use with Grades 3–6.









Below are covers of just a few of the 20 additional Scholastic Books Michael has written.
Click here to see a PDF with description of all 21 titles.


Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree
When Aesop's fables are given a holiday spin, you'll get a mash-up of The Twelve Days of Christmas and The Tortoise and the Hare, where the six birds of Christmas compete in a comical race—with the turtle dove winning, of course; a tiny snow mouse teaches the abominable snowman that little friends may prove great friends; Ebenezer Scrooge realizes that wealth unused might as well not exist; Santa's elves dream of a life outside the workshop as they sing a "patter poem" about their ideal careers; and even though the eight reindeer panic when Rudolph gets a cold in the nose, they learn that necessity is the mother of invention. A dozen vignettes illuminate important life lessons by reinventing the classic fables, blending humor, rhythmic elements, rapping, puppetry, poetry, song and storytelling to create a fast-paced, fun-filled show that's filled with Christmas spirit.

Premiere production  at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN, where Michael Gravois is in the Resident Company.

How We Met!

I am blessed to have Michael as a first cousin.  Consequently, we have known each other all of our lives. We are FAMILY!  Michael received a few extra helpings in the talent line when he was created.  He is an accomplished actor, writer, playwright and artist.  And, he happens to play piano too.  I fondly remember seeing him act in Oliver! in a New Orleans theatre when he was about 8 years old.  I told him recently, though he was not cast as Oliver, he was the star of the show to me.  He remembers waving from stage to my brother during the performance.  Check out his mosaic work on the other tab.

A poem Michael wrote me on my birthday! He posted this on my Facebook timeline:

For unto us a child was born--
My dear old cousin Jan!!!
Remember Cocoa Pebbles?
Well now we've switched to bran!!!
(copyright 2014 by Michael Gravois)

Late August 2014

Check out this new drawing by Michael Gravois.  This illustration was created for an illustrator workshop he will attend soon.


Two Michael Gravois illustrations for his book-in-progress:  On the Graceful, Grassy Great Grain Plain.


I loved the colors of two matte tiles I bought and created this series of the four seasons.  It highlights my graphics arts background and the use of positive/negative space.  In addition to the the two matte colors, I chose a single additional color to best represent each of the seasons:  notice the red berries in winter, the green stems of spring, the yellow sun rays of summer, and the orange leaves of fall.  I enjoyed making this series so much that I made a full color version of the seasons.  This series is called, “If Ever I Would Leave You (Monochrome).”

This mosaic is called “The Plot of Pantalone.” 
I can just imagine what Pantalone must be whispering to Colombine on behalf of Leandro. 
Of course it is all to benefit Pantalone in the end!













Check out Gravois-Fare on Facebook for more mosaics.

Theatre Performances


The characters of Osage County.
The Mousetrap