Books by Angela McAllister

WILD WORLD by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2018

"A low-key but heartfelt call to appreciate the Earth's unspoiled places. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
An album of natural habitats currently being threatened by human activity. Read full book review >
A WORLD FULL OF ANIMAL STORIES by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Broad of scope but parochially Eurocentric in style and vision. (Folk tales. 9-11)"
A cornucopia of retold myths and fables gathered from every inhabited continent. Read full book review >
SAMSON, THE MIGHTY FLEA! by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Ultimately, Samson is appealingly offbeat but not quite the big star that he aspires to be. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A flea strongman leaves the small circus where he has been performing in search of greater fame and fortune. Read full book review >
A YEAR FULL OF STORIES by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"Quibbles aside, this attractive anthology will prove useful. (Folk tales. 7-11)"
A seasonal collection of world folk stories. Read full book review >
A MOUSE SO SMALL by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A cheerful story, but others tell it better and with more emotional power. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Molly Mouse learns that while she might be small, being a good friend is what counts in the end. Read full book review >
MOMMY'S LITTLE SUNFLOWERS by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Sure to appeal to those who like their children's books saccharine. Everyone else should pass. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A tale of two young mice that go off on an adventure to first replace then plant a sunflower seed, from the pair who created Yuck! That's Not a Monster! (2010). Read full book review >
LITTLE MIST by Angela McAllister
ANIMALS
Released: April 5, 2011

"Appealing reading for mothers and their little cubs. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Under his mother's tutelage, a snow leopard cub's possibilities expand with wonder as he explores the pristine mountain world he inhabits. Read full book review >
MY MOM HAS X-RAY VISION by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"It's a rare kid who won't be able to identify with and chuckle at this one. (Picture book. 3-6)"
All children believe their mom is the best (at least until they turn into teenagers), but how many have thought their moms might have superpowers? Read full book review >
YUCK! THAT’S NOT A MONSTER! by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"All together, they render McAllister's cute fable about kindness even cuter. (Picture book. 3-5)"
What's up with the fluffy pink baby monster? Read full book review >
SPOTTING FOR NELLIE by Pamela Lowell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2010

"A miss. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In this trite effort, ninth grader Nellie is a gymnast just getting ready to compete at the national level when she sustains a serious brain injury in an automobile accident. Read full book review >
LEON AND THE PLACE BETWEEN by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Fair insight, that, though trite and easier said than done. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Aimed at readers who enjoy such elaborately illustrated, strongly atmospheric ventures into mysterious worlds as Neil Gaiman's The Wolves in the Walls, illustrated by Dave McKean (2003), and Chris Van Allsburg's The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979), this episode briefly casts a young member of a stage magician's audience through a die-cut hole into that Place "between there and back again" where magicians' props and assistants go when they disappear. Read full book review >
A PLACE FOR MIDDLE by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Iffy as this idea might be, it carries a big dose of reassurance, and there's a logic to the lunch and bridge bits that fretful human Middles might accept. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Younger readers unsatisfied with the rather evasive answer offered to a middle child in Barbara Shook Hazen's Who's Your Favorite Monster, Mama?, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski (2006), may be happier with this take on the topic, though their bookend siblings probably won't. Read full book review >
DIGORY & THE LOST KING by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"Fine fare for fans of Cressida Crowell's Viking farces and other Brit-flavored tales of derring-do. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Propelled from idle layabout to reluctant knight in Digory the Dragon Slayer (2006), the peace-loving lad—who, as the author puts it, is "just a bit older than you"—sets out along with intrepid best friend Princess Enid to recover the suddenly vanished King Widget. Read full book review >
MAMA AND LITTLE JOE by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2007

"The final disappointment is that, after all this strife, the toys' change of heart feels more contrived than earned or authentic, and the reader is left with a lingering sadness at the close of this story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In McAllister's latest offering, Mama Ruby and Little Joe, who are "tenth-hand" stuffed kangaroos, arrive at a house filled with new toys who shun them. Read full book review >
BRAVE BITSY AND THE BEAR by Angela McAllister
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 16, 2006

"Young listeners will be as pleased as bear to make Bitsy's acquaintance. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A charming tale of an unlikely friendship, this British import has an old-fashioned feel. Read full book review >
FELIX AND THE BLUE DRAGON by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"An extra. (Picture book. 4-8)"
First published in 1993 and reissued in 2005, it's the art that makes this British import worth the trip. Read full book review >
TAKE A KISS TO SCHOOL by Angela McAllister
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"A sweet take on an old theme. (Picture book. 3-6)"
McAllister's heartwarming story follows Digby's second day of school, to which the young wombat is reluctant to return, as he fears he will forget everything learned on his first day. Read full book review >
DIGORY THE DRAGON SLAYER by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Ready cheeks; insert tongues. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A happy go lucky young lutenist finds what he fancies is a dragon's tooth, and instantly gains an unwanted reputation as a mighty warrior in this none too serious mini-epic. Read full book review >
JUST LIKE SISTERS by Angela McAllister
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"It's puzzling, however, that Ally is the only nonhuman in the whole story and why would people think she and Nancy are sisters unless being an alligator is supposed to stand in for being different. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this fresh, but odd spin on pen pals, Nancy is excited that her pen pal in Florida is coming to visit; from their exchange of letters, Ally seems almost like a sister. Read full book review >
TRUST ME, MOM! by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Ollie's wonderful insouciance will reassure young readers and bolster them in their own fledgling attempts at independence. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young boy's quest for independence begins with one step—out the front door, that is, to the local store for some cheese. Read full book review >
HARRY’S BOX by Angela McAllister
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"The complete package would also include Katherine Ayres's A Long Way (p. 603) and Marisabina Russo's Big Brown Box (2000). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Harry is the recipient of a big brown box, courtesy of helping his mom bring groceries home. Read full book review >
NIGHT-NIGHT, LITTLE ONE by Angela McAllister
ANIMALS
Released: March 11, 2003

"A low-key contribution to the endless need for get-that-kid-to-sleep stories. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bedtime story with a twist. Read full book review >
BE GOOD, GORDON by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"Sitters and sittees alike will be captivated by this ever-so-much-more-exciting alternative to Marc Brown's Arthur Babysits (1992) and other conventional beddy-bye chestnuts. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Here's some exuberantly subversive role-reversal: enjoined by his departing mother to "be good," nerdy young Gordon obligingly retires—only to be bounced out when his new sitter, Lily Jigg-Popsicle, comes flying in to jump on the bed and by degrees lead him on to ever wilder and messier kinds of play. Read full book review >
BARKUS, SLY AND THE GOLDEN EGG by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"McAllister's take on a time-honored theme is vibrant and fresh; quickly paced, the narrative is just right for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Three clever chickens outwit their abductors—and save themselves from certain death—in this pro-poultry tale. Read full book review >
THE ICE PALACE by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"A beautifully decorated story. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Anna, who lives in a hot, dry land, has a terrible fever. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE OF SIR COB AND SIR FILBERT by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"An acceptable additional title on a perennially knotty theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The peace message reduced to essentials: each envying the other his castle, two knights do battle till there are ``only cows where their castles had been,'' then decide to settle down as friends. Read full book review >