Books by Elly MacKay

THE TALLEST TREE HOUSE by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2019

"Sweetly offers essential, timely lessons about aligning with those different from oneself. (Picture book. 4-8) "
Mip and Pip, two woodland fairies of drastically different dispositions, hold a contest to see which of them can build "the best tree house by sundown." Read full book review >
RED SKY AT NIGHT by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2018

"Distinctive, luminous illustrations delight the eye, although visually the story lacks complete cohesion. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Paired with cut-paper diorama illustrations, folk sayings that predict weather become a story in this picture book. Read full book review >
WALTZ OF THE SNOWFLAKES by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Graphic panels are the perfect presentation format for a favorite ballet. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Nutcracker casts its enchantment in this wordless picture book. Read full book review >
A MOST MAGICAL GIRL by Karen Foxlee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Deliciously complex and convincingly detailed. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A young Victorian girl is called to duty in a battle between witchy good and evil. Read full book review >
MAYA by Mahak Jain
Kirkus Star
by Mahak Jain, illustrated by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2016

"Jain and MacKay's story and art work seamlessly to convey an important and subtle story of love, loss, beauty, and joy. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A young girl and her mother soothe themselves to sleep during a power outage in modern urban India, despite how sorely they both miss Maya's dead Papa. Read full book review >
BEACH BABY by Laurie Elmquist
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"A seaside bedtime idyll. (Board book. 1-3)"
A light-skinned mother and drowsy child prepare to leave the beach at the end of the day. Read full book review >
BUTTERFLY PARK by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"Worthy of theme and equally pleasing to the eye and the spirit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A child newly arrived from the country is dismayed to discover that the pocket park next to her urban building is, despite its name, lacking butterflies. Read full book review >
FALL LEAVES by Loretta Holland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Skip the small print and linger instead on the seasonal glory unfolding as the pages turn. (activity) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Autumn arrives in a series of three-dimensional tableaux created from cut yupo (plastic) paper and ink; illuminated from varying angles, the vignettes are cleverly photographed and cropped for dramatic effect. Read full book review >
SHADOW CHASERS by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Playful and more than just a little mysterious—like a shadow-puppet play in full color. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Intriguing illustrations draw readers into a meditation on shadows. Read full book review >
IF YOU HOLD A SEED by Elly MacKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Nevertheless, next to such artful treatments as The Carrot Seed and And Then It's Spring, by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E. Stead (2012), it pretty much defines 'additional purchase.' (Picture book. 6-8)"
A verbal and visual tone poem involving a seed, a wish and time. Read full book review >