Books by Emma Chichester Clark

THREE LITTLE MONKEYS by Quentin Blake
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Children may not recognize themselves herein, but their caregivers will see their little monkeys. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hilda Snibbs cares for Tim, Sam, and Lulu, three lively monkeys. Read full book review >
PLENTY OF LOVE TO GO AROUND by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A pleasant but not particularly fresh story that fails to capture the irresistible personality of Plum as established in her first outing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A female mutt named Plum makes friends with a neighbor cat in this sequel to Love Is My Favorite Thing (2015). Read full book review >
LOVE IS MY FAVORITE THING by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Dog lovers will especially 'LOVE' this, and readers who can't get enough can follow the real-life Plum in the author's blog. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Clark captures a dog's exuberance and love of the simple things. Read full book review >
BEARS DON'T READ! by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"A combination of farce and fun, this will tickle pre-readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
George the bear is bored. Read full book review >
TALES FROM HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Alas, this one isn't a swan after all. (author's note) (Fairy tales. 7-10)
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There are good reasons some of Andersen's tales have gone out of vogue. Read full book review >
WHAT WILL YOU BE, GRANDMA? by Nanette Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Ideal as a beginning exploration of fantasy or as a discussion starter about future careers. (Picture book.3-5)"
Little Lily asks her beloved grandma, "What do you think you'll be when you grow up?" Read full book review >
THE PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An evocative and effective retelling of an old classic. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The rich may ignore the poor, but the Piper must be paid. Read full book review >
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Emma Chichester Clark
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Buy them all. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)"
Three pretty maids all in a row—well, make one of them spunky, as Chichester Clark adds her rendition of the classic character to those by Sanderson (Goldilocks, 2009) and Spirin (Goldilocks and the Three Bears, 2009). Read full book review >
NOT LAST NIGHT BUT THE NIGHT BEFORE by Colin McNaughton
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The little boy may be repeatedly knocked down by the guests, but that doesn't get in the way of his fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The old jump-rope rhyme about 24 robbers knocking on the door is revised using fairy-tale characters instead of robbers as the visitors. Read full book review >
HANSEL AND GRETEL by Michael Morpurgo
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"This psychologically freighted rendition isn't nearly as innocuous as the sparkly cover suggests, but Chichester Clark's slightly distant, brightly patterned cartoon illustrations ameliorate some of the tale's more unsettling aspects. (Picture book/folktale. 10-12)"
Morpurgo casts a particularly repugnant witch in this lengthy, expanded version of the classic folktale. Read full book review >
ELIZA AND THE MOONCHILD by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"The narrative is significantly longer than most color concept books, but the blooming friendship between Eliza and the Moonchild and his delighted wonder lend sufficient substance to carry readers along. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A fanciful tale about color and friendship. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Both the text and the soft-focus illustrations are substantial, however, and her message is unequivocally heartwarming. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A sudden storm brings danger to Melrose and Croc on their idyllic vacation. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Melrose seems like a fine fellow, but little Croc is such a dear that you want to wipe away his tears and give him a hug. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The creator of the Blue Kangaroo series here offers a pair of anthropomorphic animals who have the star power to carry a series of their own. Read full book review >
THE MCELDERRY BOOK OF GRIMMS’ FAIRY TALES by Saviour Pirotta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A lovely new collection to add to the already stuffed shelves of fairy tales. (Fairy tales. 7-11)"
A British import offers ten mostly familiar tales from the Brothers Grimm, retold in clear if uninspired language. Read full book review >
WILL AND SQUILL by Emma Chichester Clark
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"The tongue-twisting text further animates this take on a well-worn theme. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An unlikely friendship holds fast despite challenges in this boy-meets-squirrel tale. Read full book review >
THE MCELDERRY BOOK OF AESOP’S FABLES by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Try it one on one, or with small groups of listeners. (Folk tales. 6-8)"
Morpurgo offers 21 old fables, plus a trenchant new one of his own by way of introduction, all written in an informal tone—" ‘There you are, said Mouse.' ‘I told you I'd pay you back, didn't I?' ‘A tiddly thing like you helping out a king of the beasts like me,' Lion replied. ‘Who'd have thought it possible?' "—and capped by traditional morals in capital letters. Read full book review >
NO MORE TEASING! by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"When there is a next time. (Picture book. 3-6)"
He might just be monkeying around—he is a monkey after all—but little Mimi's cousin Momo is a relentless teaser. Read full book review >
CUNNING CAT TALES by Laura Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2004

"Bravo. (Folktales. 5-8)"
Three cat folktales are simplified and typographically designed to encourage reading aloud, as the introduction explains, by concentrating on direct speech rather than description. Read full book review >
UP IN HEAVEN by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2004

"A non-denominational look at heaven and the afterlife that will be a comfort to many youngsters: the best dead pet story yet. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Daisy is an old, old dog, and she can't keep up with her boy Arthur, though she loves him. Read full book review >
IT WAS YOU, BLUE KANGAROO! by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"An engaging cautionary tale about the importance of being truthful. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Lily and her beloved kangaroo (Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo, 2001, etc.) return in a tale of naughtiness and redemption. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC OF BALLET by Adèle Geras
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Listen to recordings or find a copy of Violette Verdy's Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers, illustrated by Marcia Brown. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The four ballets retold in this series are the most beloved and enduring of the classical and romantic repertory. Read full book review >
ROMAN MYTHS by Geraldine McCaughrean
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"A cast list of those immortals, and notes on the stories' origins, close this eye-opening introduction to a mythology less politicized and derivative than generally billed. (introduction, notes) (Mythology. 9-13)"
In this companion to Greek Myths (1993), McCaughrean and Clark present 15 tales, some expropriated from the ancient Greeks, others, such as the origin of the Lares, and the rivalry of Romulus and Remus, distinctively Roman. Read full book review >
WHERE ARE YOU, BLUE KANGAROO? by Emma Chichester Clark
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Clark's crisp artwork is softened by pastel shades and filled with the details of a little girl's life, giving children a chance to search for Blue Kangaroo, too. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Clark's blue kangaroo (I Love You, Blue Kangaroo, 1999) returns in a tale of forgetfulness that makes one of the two friends a little anxious. Read full book review >
NO MORE KISSING! by Emma Chichester Clark
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A sweet story sure to resonate with preschooler's and parents everywhere. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Momo's sick of smooches. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU, BLUE KANGAROO! by Emma Chichester Clark
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"Young readers will enjoy debating the source of Lily's actions—to outdo the baby, or to remind them all that she loves Blue Kangaroo first, and best. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Blue Kangaroo is Lily's favorite stuffed animal. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Turns out they've brought the cake in this wonderful variation on the nursery rhyme that for once will frighten no one away. (Picture book. 2-6)"
When little Miss Muffet plunks down on her tuffet, the spider she sees is actually the first guest to arrive for her surprise birthday party. Read full book review >
GOOD NIGHT, STELLA by Kate McMullan
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"McMullan's (Nutcracker Noel, 1993, etc.) shallow story and Clark's almost affectless artwork will ensure that readers don't share Stella's insomnia. (Fiction/Picture book. 4+)"
It's late, and Stella can't fall asleep. Read full book review >
TIME AND THE CLOCK MICE, ETCETERA by Peter Dickinson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Unique, charming, and thoughtful, too—this could become a classic. (Fiction. 8+)"
Dickinson brings to this lighthearted, intricately crafted book several of his themes in such books for older readers as A Bone from a Dry Sea (1993): the relative meaning of time, the hazards of equating ability with virtue, and the joy of innovation. Read full book review >
TOO TIRED by Ann Turnbull
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"An entertaining tale with an unobtrusive subtext and delectable art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The sloths are on Noah's list but can't be bothered to come: ``Tomorrow,'' they mumble, going back to sleep. Read full book review >
ACROSS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS by Emma Chichester Clark
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Miss Bilberry feels compelled to move from her tranquil home to the other side of the mountains—all in order to see whether she can be ``even happier.'' Accompanied by four pets and pushing her belongings in a heavy cart, she loses her way. Read full book review >
GREEK MYTHS by Geraldine McCaughrean
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 30, 1993

"A splendid offering. (Mythology. 8+)"
The much-honored McCaughrean (A Pack of Lies, 1989, Carnegie Medal) slyly telegraphs the philosophy behind these grand renditions in describing how Athene turns Arachne into a spider to punish the matchless weaver for her arrogance—yet Arachne's gloriously beautiful fabric depicts the gods doing ``silly things...squabbling, lazing about, and bragging. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"A generously long tale that will be treasured by anyone who warms to grand storytelling. (Fiction/Picture book. 5+)"
Beginning with the great historical novelist's charmingly logical introduction—where she explains how a dragon's egg happens to be hatching on the beach—her "first picture book" is a poignant reminder of how much she'll be missed. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 1993

"Clark's beautifully painted, charmingly witty watercolors add to the humor on almost every well-designed page. (Anthology. 4-10)"
In the manner of Cecil and Clark's three other thematic anthologies (e.g., Boo!, 1990), seven poems and six stories, virtually all from well-known sources, though the selections (e.g., Thackeray's verging-on-gruesome ``Little Billee'') are often less familiar than the authors (including Lear, Mahy, Farjeon, and Kipling). Read full book review >
TERTIUS AND PLINY by Ben Frankel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A brief, witty tale, told without condescension. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Tertius, a toy Scottie, and Pliny, a one-eyed monkey, have lived on an antique store shelf together for a long time when two children happily whisk Tertius away. Read full book review >
BEWARE OF THE AUNTS! by Pat Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"Still, there's enough lighthearted merriment here (along with the social satire) to make this a worthwhile purchase. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The middle-child narrator has an ordinary enough family until it comes to aunts, of whom there are simply too many, each with some disconcerting trait: one kisses too much, another eats huge amounts; Aunt Zara makes not only her own odd garments but things for her reluctant nieces; there's even one aunt with all the appearance of being a witch. Read full book review >
LUNCH WITH AUNT AUGUSTA by Emma Chichester Clark
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Well wrought, with a satisfying story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
THE QUEEN'S GOAT by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A more predictable scenario than usual for Mahy, but the contrast between her no-nonsense narrative style and droll details will entertain, while Clark's wide-eyed, insouciant characters and pell-mell action in a serene landscape add to the fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Queen is a child who has no pets because the butler and housekeeper have ruled out dogs and cats ("hair on the cushions...mud all over the palace"). Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Index. (Poetry/Picture book. 3-8)"
In generous, Mother-Goose-style format, more than 100 verses, mostly traditional but including a few by the likes of Lear and Belloc. Read full book review >