Books by Glenda Millard

PEA POD LULLABY by Glenda Millard
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"While some adults may welcome the chance to discuss the issues raised in the illustrations, many may find the text, however lyrical, a barrier to comprehension. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A family takes an ocean journey from a bleak, war-torn location to a dock by a small house where a man and dog appear to welcome them. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"A flawed but beautiful and tragic story of hope. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
Traumatized Alice and Manny find love and healing with each other. Read full book review >
ONCE A SHEPHERD by Glenda Millard
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Taken together, the folkloric simplicity of the text and the quiet beauty of the illustrations pack a powerful punch for those families that want—or need—to confront wartime violence with their little ones. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Millard and Lesnie, Australians, present a picture book about the Great War with beautiful, green-dominated watercolors and a spare text with occasional end rhymes. Read full book review >
AND RED GALOSHES by Glenda Millard
Released: March 1, 2013

"First published in Australia in 2011, this import's gentle whimsy should find a warm welcome on these shores. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pair of bright red galoshes inspire a small girl and her little brother's entertainment on a windy, rainy day. Read full book review >
ISABELLA'S GARDEN  by Glenda Millard
Released: March 1, 2012

"At once stately and soothing—a fine choice for bedtime sharing or for calming ruffled spirits in general. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In sonorous cumulative verse, a seasonal round set in a garden rich in color, flowers and children. Read full book review >
LAYLA, QUEEN OF HEARTS by Glenda Millard
Released: May 1, 2010

Layla Elliott and Griffin Silk are best friends, and she's become a virtual Silk family member. So rather than ask her busy, distracted mom, who never quite hears her, Layla turns to the Silks for help finding an elderly person she can bring to school for Senior Citizens Day. Griffin offers to share his grandma, Nell, since Layla's own beloved nana died recently. But Nell sees that Layla longs for someone of her own. When their list of Likely Candidates doesn't pan out, Nell introduces Layla to Miss Amelie. This charming elderly lady remembers some things vividly—such as the mysterious John William she waits for—but forgets who Layla is between visits. Can—should—Layla bring her to school? The theme running through Millard's Silk family chronicles is the transformative power of empathy. Emotional balm, the source of inspiration and ideas that nourish and enrich the soul, empathy works its magic on everyone, from Miss Amelie to Layla's impatient mom. Barton's illustrations gently convey the bonds of affection among the author's eccentric, engaging characters. (Fiction. 8-11)Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2010

Eleven-year-old Skip, a budding artist, is a runaway from a violent foster home. His only friend, Billy, is a homeless man who tries to keep Skip at arm's length. As brutal as Skip's life on the streets can be, it's worse still when bombs fall, devastating the city. War has come, and the daily lonely terror of homelessness has been supplanted by total chaos. Oddly, though, Skip is almost happy. He and Billy find Max, a six-year-old boy, in the ruined shell of the city library, and suddenly Skip has the closest thing he's ever had to a family. They set up housekeeping in an abandoned amusement park, where they are joined by a troubled teenage mother and her infant. Between dodging looters and soldiers, the newly formed family finds time for music and make-believe (with an unfortunate recurring theme of playing Indian). Alas, no amount of grit and determination will erase the bombs from the sky or the soldiers from the countryside. This philosophical, appealing survival tale is simultaneously grim and hopeful. (Fiction. 9-11)Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

Griffin Silk's mother and baby sister have gone away, and Griffin is haunted by their absence, for which he feels responsible. After a dismal first day of school, Griffin is befriended by Layla, a simpatico classmate. Their friendship helps Griffin work through his losses and find a way to help his family do the same. Those who enjoy extra helpings of sentiment and whimsy in their chapter books will find much to like in this award winner first published in Australia in 2003. Oddly reminiscent of Hilary McKay's equally quirky Casson family, Griffin's older sisters are named after colors—including Saffron and Indigo. Both authors use the names to signal the characters' specialness. While Griffin's story has an old-fashioned feel and is occasionally sentimental, it's never maudlin, thanks to Millard's gift for humor that rings true, as when Layla, an aspiring hair stylist, cuts Griffin's hair and horrifies her parents. Other strengths include a rich sense of place—rural Australia—and insight into how we process grief, young and old alike. (Fiction. 7-10)Read full book review >
KAITO’S CLOTH by Glenda Millard
Released: March 1, 2008

Japanese influences in the telling and the pictures notwithstanding, this first U.S. edition of an original tale reads most plainly as metaphor, unlinked to a particular time or place. Winter is coming, but because she wants to see her tattered, treasured butterflies fly one more time young Kaito treks up the Mountain of Dreams to make the request of their creator, the Lord of Flight. By the time she arrives, the butterflies are dead, but the Lord of Flight gently comforts her with the assertion that they have fulfilled their purpose, and that "flight is eternal. It belongs to no one and to everyone." At this, Kaito stitches wings of her own, stiffens them with bamboo to make a kite and joyfully soars off over the snowy landscape. Chapman gives the measured, poetic text lyrical illustrations, placing the doll-like Kaito and the strange-looking Lord of Flight—part human, part insect, part hummingbird—amid stylized mountains, clouds of butterflies and graceful swirls of wind. Though mannered and probably over the heads of younger children, this isn't nearly as twee as it sounds, and may provide solace to readers facing their own change or loss. (Picture book. 6+)Read full book review >