Books by Elizabeth Baguley

JUST LIKE BROTHERS by Elizabeth Baguley
Released: March 1, 2018

"A sweet interspecies idyll. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Baguley and Blanz deal with complex themes of difference, inclusion, and acceptance in a simple way. Read full book review >
READY, STEADY, GHOST! by Elizabeth Baguley
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A cotton-candy puff of a story: sweet but entirely insubstantial. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Gilbert watches the big ghosts float off to be-spook dark, creepy forests and towering castles, but he decides to find a homey, cozy house to haunt instead. Read full book review >
PIGEON POOP by Elizabeth Baguley
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Even young children will find this, at best, a short-term solution, but in the end, at least it leaves both the townsfolk and the guano-gusher itself happy. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Unlikely resolution notwithstanding, this thoroughly poopiferous tale of a pigeon with an outsized alimentary issue will leave readers wiping their…eyes from laughter. Read full book review >
A LONG WAY FROM HOME by Elizabeth Baguley
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Noah the bunny feels "squished and squashed by the sleepy rabbits" in his burrow, so into the night he goes. An albatross takes him to the frozen North where he plays in the snow and then sleeps, splendidly alone, in an ice cave. But when he wakes up cold, all he wants is to be back in his burrow—will he be able to get home? Is there really any doubt? Chapman delivers one of her trademark adorable little animals endowed with a Disney-esque range of expressions. The icy-blue palette of the North stands in sharp and effective contrast to the cozy browns of the burrow in this mild flight of fancy. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
THE LITTLE LOST ROBIN by Elizabeth Baguley
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

An unusual friendship survives a wintry storm. Hare is old and stiff and no longer dances under the moon. But his bird friends, whom he feeds each day, can still entice him to tap his toes when they sing. A lonely winter stretches out in front of Hare as they fly away with the cool breezes. But surprisingly, the bold little robin has stayed behind, singing songs that are reminiscent of summer. The two friends grow ever closer throughout the autumn. When a winter storm hits, Hare worries all through the night about Robin. In the morning, he drags Robin's downed tree back to his burrow, props it up in the snow and helps her rebuild her nest. The neighbors enjoy each other's company, and Hare dances once again under the moonlight to Robin's songs. Macnaughton's gorgeous artwork fills the pages with forest colors and gentle animals. The friendship between Hare and Robin is more than apparent from their facial expressions and tender actions. But while the story is sweet, readers are left with a slightly unfinished feeling, wondering why Robin stayed behind, and what the future holds for old Hare. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
MEGGIE MOON by Elizabeth Baguley
Released: July 1, 2005

An intrepid girl teaches junkyard bullies that girls are clever, creative and fun. Along the way, readers learn a valuable lesson on the joys of recycling. Digger and Tiger's domain is the ominous sounding "Yard," a place of scrap heaps and discarded objects. Into this territory enters Meggie Moon, who is not at all cowed by the duo's disparaging remarks. Baguley's playful, descriptive language saves the characters from being flat and one-dimensional: The boys go "together like a garbage can and its lid," while her wryly understated reflection on Meggie's gargantuan imagination is, "Meggie had ideas." Meggie's ideas are indeed grand; she woos the boys with ingeniously constructed race cars and fabulous forts. Finally, Meggie leaves, but in her wake she plants the seed of creativity, leaving the boys bursting with plans. Mabire's cartoon-like illustrations offer their own measure of inventiveness. Slyly poking holes in the theory that tough boys and smart girls can't find a common meeting ground, Baguley's hearty tale will set imaginations sailing. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >