Books by Kyo Maclear

Released: Oct. 8, 2019

"A splendid picture-book celebration of an artist and activist. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Pencil in hand, faced with an unjust world, Gyo Fujikawa created a new future. Read full book review >
OPERATIC by Kyo Maclear
Released: April 2, 2019

"Clever and contemplative, with music history readers might find unexpectedly fun. (bibliography) (Graphic fiction. 10-14) "
The rules: "Do not draw too much attention." And "always look bored." Read full book review >
BLOOM by Kyo Maclear
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Not only a gorgeous portrayal of this 20th-century creative genius, but an empowering tale encouraging readers to 'dare to be different.' (author and illustrator's note, endnotes, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An exuberant fictionalized rendering of designer Elsa Schiaparelli's early life. Read full book review >
FLO by Kyo Maclear
by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Jay Fleck
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Though clearly a message about the dangers of overscheduling children, the lesson goes down easily; caregivers may even take note. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Flo is the smallest member of a large family of overprogrammed pandas. Read full book review >
YAK AND DOVE by Kyo Maclear
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Kids may respond to the shaggy yak, but that may not be enough for real staying power. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Animal-friendship stories are plentiful, but this one is an unusual pairing of characters. Read full book review >
THE FOG by Kyo Maclear
Released: May 16, 2017

"A song about sharing that's sure to lift readers' spirits as well. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A people-watching yellow warbler finds a friend who shares his passion for noticing things. Read full book review >
BIRDS ART LIFE by Kyo Maclear
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Writers and others will find inspiration in the advice to stop and hear the birds."
A meditation on freedom and confinement and the creative tension between the two. Read full book review >
THE LISZTS by Kyo Maclear
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Simply enchanting in all its quirks. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A family of list aficionados gets an unexpected guest in this offbeat tale. Read full book review >
THE WISH TREE by Kyo Maclear
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Sweet in mood but incomplete in logic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boy, his sled, and a fantasy about a very special tree: could it possibly be true? Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"In a decade of de rigueur picture books praising books, it is primarily the artwork that sets this one apart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When a boy heads to the study, ordered to "think things over," he begins a relationship with a book that becomes special to him, even if it has no "proper jacket." Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A lovely, quiet beach story. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young girl must reluctantly leave the city and friends she loves in favor of summer in a cottage with her family on the Pacific coast. Read full book review >
JULIA, CHILD by Kyo Maclear
Released: July 8, 2014

"Intriguing for an adult familiar with the real Julia and perhaps for the perceptive child who will understand that it's not about how old you are, or about what you cook, but about what you bring to the table. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A mere hint of Julia Child's collaboration with Simone "Simca" Beck informs this look at how following one's passion can require the fearless enthusiasm of childhood. Read full book review >
MR. FLUX by Kyo Maclear
Released: April 1, 2013

"Nevertheless, this is a friendly introduction to a lighthearted aesthetic and an antidote to the belief that standards (in art or anything else) are fixed or immutable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this homage to the 20th-century art movement known as Fluxus, a boy named Martin resists the invitation of his artistic, bowler-hatted neighbor to embrace an unknown in his young life: change. Read full book review >
VIRGINIA WOLF by Kyo Maclear
Released: March 1, 2012

"Knowledge of Virginia Woolf and her painter-sister Vanessa Bell is unnecessary; this works beautifully as a bad-day/bad-mood or animal-transformation tale, while readers who know actual depression will find it handled with tenderly forceful aplomb. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In the literary bounty of books about bad moods and bad days, this one goes deeper than most, poignantly showing literal and metaphorical glimpses of real depression. Read full book review >
SPORK by Kyo Maclear
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Children of mixed marriages are about to find an unlikely ally in their cutlery drawers. Spork stands out. With a spoon for a mum and a fork for a dad, Spork is simultaneously too round and too pointy to fit in. Time and again he's passed over at the dinner table. That is, until the day a "messy thing" joins the family and everyone sees that when it comes to managing its baby food only a true spork will do. While some picture-book tales have difficulty promoting the "different can be good" message without slipping into deep didactism, Maclear's text feels nearly effortless. The inanimate-object identification also pairs brilliantly with Arsenault's melding of mixed media and digital art. Against the mostly black-and-white images, the frenzied red globs of the baby's food explode off the printed page. Immediate comparisons are bound to be made to Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Spoon (illustrated by Scott Magoon, 2009), but any good kitchen has room for both. A sublime little parable. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >