Books by Elizabeth MacLeod

SUPER CATS by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: March 13, 2018

"Even ailurophobes can appreciate the fascinating information about felines, provided they can get through the confusing layout and some unhelpful sidebars. (timeline, places to visit, sources, further reading, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
With a colorful layout and plentiful photographs, this nonfiction book for younger readers explores cats in history, from honored Egyptian animals through their wartime work to today's lovable therapy cats. Read full book review >
TOP DOGS by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: March 14, 2017

"Excellent information presented in a frustrating and distracting jumble. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Dogs have played a role in human history for eons. Read full book review >
CANADA YEAR BY YEAR by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Both revelatory and entertaining, though not without its gaps. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In anticipation of Canada's 2017 sesquicentennial, a breezy year-by-year survey of its history. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Emotionally charged but never manipulative, Bunny's story and the story of World War I bravery will not be soon forgotten. (map)(Picture book. 6-10)"
Can a horse named Bunny ever be a war horse? Read full book review >
Released: July 15, 2014

"Still, this will give general readers hints of what draws spelunkers and urban archaeologists to probe below our planet's surface. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
MacLeod digs into historical records (though not particularly deeply) to shine a light on selected tunnels and other underground installations that have fallen into obscurity. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Satisfying fare for the culturally myopic. (index, no bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Unusual for its ambition if nothing else, this selective encyclopedia of "world" historical, cultural and scientific highlights offers at least a few unexpected choices but rarely looks beyond Europe and North America. Read full book review >
BONES NEVER LIE by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: April 1, 2013

"A fully fleshed and crisply told story of forensics at its romantic best. (glossary, sources, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Was Napoleon poisoned? Did King Rama VIII shoot himself? And just whose bones were found in the Temple prison? Only the bones know. Read full book review >
MONSTER FLIERS by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A closing spread of silhouettes done to scale (with a pair of human figures down in one corner) sets this apart, slightly, from a plethora of similar albums like Don Lessem's Flying Giants of Dinosaur Time (2005), also illustrated (differently) by Bindon. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
Aiming for wide eyes and exclamations of "Cool!" Read full book review >
MARIE CURIE by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: March 1, 2009

"The lack of any documentation and the vague description of specific events cut corners a little too sharply, even for this young audience. (Early reader/biography. 6-8)"
Marie Curie's scientific research revolutionized the world of science while she defied the societal limitations of her day. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The recurring fishbone motif decorating the pages is evidence of both the care and the sense of fun that went into the creation of this happy hodgepodge of cat facts. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Canadian MacLeod has assembled a varied list of questions and topics concerning North America's most popular pet (there are 10 million more cats as pets than dogs). Read full book review >
MARK TWAIN by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: April 1, 2008

Alternating pages of text with captioned collages of mostly period photos, MacLeod traces the stellar public career and unhappy private life of the "first American celebrity." Read full book review >
HELEN KELLER by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The lack of notes, bibliography or online resources further mar this book. (Biography. 6-8)"
Helen Keller's inspiring story has a way of making it into most elementary-school curricula. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A useful resource for library and classroom, this will appeal to readers and browsers alike. (chronology, places to visit, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Eleanor Roosevelt never wanted to be First Lady; she would be just "plain, ordinary Mrs. Roosevelt. Read full book review >
HARRY HOUDINI by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"An engaging tour, albeit over well-traveled territory. (index, chronology) (Biography. 9-11)"
MacLeod offers a biography for readers not yet up to Tom Lalicki's outstanding Spellbinder: The Life of Harry Houdini (2000). Read full book review >
MARIE CURIE by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Although this offering may not inspire them, readers will discover plenty to appreciate in the subject. (chronology, list of museums, index) (Biography. 8-12)"
A fairly breathless biography delivers the facts in workmanlike style but without the spark of brilliance one might hope would be attached to the subject. Read full book review >
ALBERT EINSTEIN by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: March 1, 2003

"A useful addition to collections for young readers. (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
MacLeod (Lucy Maud Montgomery, 2001, etc.) covers a lot of ground in this brief biography of Albert Einstein: school, early career in a Swiss patent office, early days as a professor in Bern, becoming friends with Marie Curie, choosing work over family, WWII and the move to Princeton, New Jersey, and the post-war years as a citizen of the world. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Well designed to get the attention of younger dinophiles, this combines simple answers to simple questions with big, finely detailed portraits of 17 toothy, tough-looking examples. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2001

"A terrific format for an appealing subject. (index) (Biography. 9-11)"
Readers who have just discovered Anne Shirley of Green Gables and are wondering where she came from will find at least the beginnings of an answer in this fresh, frank picture-book biography. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1999

"This is just a glimpse of the man, of course, and those who want to take a longer look can start with either the web sites listed at the back, or move on to Tom L. Matthews's Always Inventing (p. 69). (index) (Biography. 8-10)"
In what has, for no discernable reason, become a rush to publish biographies of Bell, this emerges as the least formal, most approachable of the pack. Read full book review >
I HEARD A LITTLE BAA by Elizabeth MacLeod
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Phillip's cheerful, brightly colored illustrations and their crayon-like outlines add considerable humor to the text. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Using rhythm, rhyme, animal noises, and gatefold pages for the guessing-game element of surprise, this book should be an instant hit with the very young. Read full book review >