Books by Bruce McMillan

HOW THE LADIES STOPPED THE WIND by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 24, 2007

"The homey tale combined with the folksy, funny illustrations makes for an extremely winning combination. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The Iceland in this fable is one in which the village women are in cahoots with their farm animals and able to plant and protect beautiful trees in order to stop the wild wind that makes it hard to walk. Read full book review >
THE PROBLEM WITH CHICKENS by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"Gunnella and McMillan have hatched an 'egg-cellent' tale of ingenuity and resourcefulness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a small village at the far end of Iceland, there are plenty of eggs for the ladies to use in cooking, except they are difficult to gather from the cliffs where the wild birds lay them. Read full book review >
DAY OF THE DUCKLINGS by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Still, the concept is intriguing and should lead to further exploration. (author's note, short bibliography) (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
In order to help endangered eider ducks and to restore an island to its natural state, the Icelandic government has given a family permission to collect eggs of wild birds and raise them for release. Read full book review >
THE PICTURE THAT MOM DREW by Kathy Mallat
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Children will enjoy the surprise of seeing close-up forms, shapes, and textures become a larger whole when the picture is unveiled in the final spread, and learn something about looking at art in the process. (glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
While many a beginning concept book focuses solely on colors or shapes, this picture-book collaboration of a newcomer and a veteran introduces young viewers to additional elements of art, including lines, forms, shades, patterns, and textures. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"An attractive, well-constructed concept book. (Note; map; aerial photo) (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
Despite the clever title, there's not a great deal of suspense here—no more than is afforded by turning a page to discover the identity of artfully composed close-ups. Read full book review >
PENGUINS AT HOME by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Map; brief bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
A close look at the Southern Gentoos, largest of the penguins on the Antarctic peninsula. Read full book review >
MOUSE VIEWS by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1993

"Note on production and participants. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
``Chase,'' a brown mouse, explores Maine's Margaret Chase Smith School while McMillan snaps a dozen familiar objects and places from the pet's closeup point of view; then, overleaf, he backs off to show the appealing little creature investigating the same, now-captioned, setting. Read full book review >
A BEACH FOR THE BIRDS by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Least Tern Facts'' sums up statistics, range, etc.; glossary; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 5+)"
In Kennebunk, Maine, endangered least terns find sanctuary on a beach where they can nest undisturbed by nearby vacationers. Read full book review >
GOING ON A WHALE WATCH by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Production notes; bibliography. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
Another brilliantly planned book from the creator of Eating Fractions (1991) and dozens of other excellent books utilizing his fine color photos. Read full book review >
BEACH BALL--LEFT, RIGHT by Bruce McMillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1992

"Notes on the photography and the participants. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
A huge plastic ball appears on one side of each appealing double-spread photo here, with the added interest of a child (playing at the shore); an artist; a dog; a fire truck; or simply the foaming surf. Read full book review >
THE BABY ZOO by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Young children will enjoy the outstanding photos; older ones will also be intrigued by the brief facts. (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
Appealing color photos of 17 rare and unusual zoo babies are presented here, including the European mouflon, Bawean deer, and fishing cat as well as the more familiar giraffe and zebra. Read full book review >
PLAY DAY by Bruce McMillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

A companion to One Sun (ALA Notable, 1990), with slightly less inspired monosyllabic pairings involving toddlers and their interests (``brown crown,'' ``fun run,'' ``shirt dirt,'' etc.). Read full book review >
EATING FRACTIONS by Bruce McMillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Two winsome boys (one black, one white) share some yummy- looking food: a halved banana, a roll that breaks into thirds and thus can't be shared evenly, a quartered pizza. Read full book review >
THE WEATHER SKY by Bruce McMillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1991

"Glossary; brief index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
The effects of the simplest weather fronts and the clouds associated with them throughout the year. Read full book review >
ONE, TWO, ONE PAIR! by Bruce McMillan
Released: Feb. 1, 1990

By reiterating his title's words to caption 14 groups of three color photos each, McMillan reinforces the idea of the simplest of mathematical sets. Read full book review >