Books by Malachy Doyle

Malachy Doyle is the acclaimed author of many books for children. He lives in North Wales. Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are the illustrators of many award-winning books for children, including Silver Seeds. Steve and Lou live in Minnesota.

TOO NOISY! by Malachy Doyle
by Malachy Doyle, illustrated by Ed Vere
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Quiet thinkers will enjoy meeting a character like themselves, and others may gain a better understanding of those who crave a little peace. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Everyone in the Bungle family squeaks, squawks and squelches too much for Sam, the quiet, dreamy middle-child creature (the Bungles look vaguely like raccoons). Read full book review >
GET HAPPY by Malachy Doyle
Released: June 1, 2011

"Too didactic by half, with little cleverness to amuse while it instructs. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A too-simple guide to walking on the bright side of the road. Read full book review >
HORSE by Malachy Doyle
Released: June 17, 2008

"A beautiful book for equine lovers of all ages, storytime and up. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Similar in look and feel to the duo's well-received Cow (2002), this offering follows a foal from his dam's patient waiting, through his birth and first romp in spring pasture, his furry-coated winter and, finally, the day he's first haltered and his training begins. Read full book review >
BIG PIG by Malachy Doyle
Released: Oct. 15, 2006

"Young readers will be comforted to know that they can always waddle home, even when they've grown to be big critters themselves, and the world out there seems cold and lonely. (Picture book. 3-6)"
There comes a time in every life when it's appropriate to pull up stakes and move from the family home. Read full book review >
THE DANCING TIGER by Malachy Doyle
Released: May 1, 2005

"Magical. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This kind of alchemy is all too rare, where the spaces between the words hold layers of meaning, and the images expand, expound and explode the text in lovely ways. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Hess's illustrations are bright and colorful, with interesting perspectives and just enough whimsy to bring smiles. (Folktales. 5-10)"
Doyle offers his own version of the classic English tale, "Master of All Masters," changing the signature tongue-tanglers to words of his own choosing and losing something along the way. Read full book review >
ONE, TWO, THREE O’LEARY by Malachy Doyle
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"And because the rhymes—or at least their infectious rhythms—are likely to be familiar to a wide range of children, the collection, with plenty to look at on each page, should easily attract children's attention. (Picture book. 3-7)"
There's really no plot here beyond ten small children cavorting in the spirit of "five little monkeys jumping on the bed." Read full book review >
SPLASH, JOSHUA, SPLASH! by Malachy Doyle
Released: June 1, 2004

"EWSLUGp1999 or Ann Jonas's same-titled episode (1995). (Picture book. 4-6)"
Wilson-Max's bright, page-filling, heavily outlined figures are just the ticket for getting the attention of preschoolers, but Doyle's tale founders on herky-jerky pacing and character ambiguity. Read full book review >
STORM CATS by Malachy Doyle
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"When they find and free the pets, their owners clean, feed, and care for them and the new friendship ultimately brings both families together to admire the ultimate result: four winsome kittens. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Though they lived next door, the black female and white male have never met until one night when these felines flee together from lightning strikes, raging wind, and thundering rain to the relative safety of a storm drain; their neighboring young owners have never met either until the after-storm reality hits: their pets are missing. Read full book review >
WHO IS JESSE FLOOD? by Malachy Doyle
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"There isn't much new in this tale, but its delivery and the originality of Jesse's voice will resonate with readers, who may feel after reading Jesse's story that maybe life is manageable after all. (Fiction. 12-15)"
"Sometimes I'd love to fit in, see. Sometimes there's nothing I'd like more than just to be the same as everyone else. Read full book review >
COW by Malachy Doyle
Kirkus Star
by Malachy Doyle, illustrated by Angelo Rinaldi
Released: July 1, 2002

"It's hard work being a cow," writes Doyle (Baby See, Baby Do!, p. 103, etc.), tongue firmly in cheek. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Greenfield's misty hills may inspire long thoughts, but Doyle is a better storyteller than this effort shows. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Atmospheric illustrations compensate, at least in part, for pedestrian prose in this metaphor-rich import. Read full book review >
THE BOLD BOY by Malachy Doyle
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"One might only wish to follow him across the next hill to see what the Bold Boy does next. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A fresh-faced lad frolics through this gracefully silly, rhythmically told version of an old nursery tale, appropriating one thing after another for his very own in what seems to be the perfect example of the toddler's creed: If I want it, it's mine. Read full book review >
HUNGRY! HUNGRY! HUNGRY! by Malachy Doyle
Released: March 1, 2001

"A Dark, Dark Room' it's not, but read aloud with the proper gusto it should elicit a few belly laughs, as well as a mild climactic jolt, and the art is unusually fascinating. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this moderately effective "jump" story, a lad anxiously questions a distracted-looking, green-skinned goblin as he watches it ransack his house: " 'Why have you got such a big fat bum?' 'Squishing things and squashing things . . .' 'Why have you got such a grumbly tum?' 'Hungry! Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Parents will be irresistibly tempted to share this with their own Peepy Splendiddles—er, Penduddles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Chock full of warm sentiment and playful language, this charmer will draw smiles from even the most stonehearted. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An engagingly readable, and tellable, sampler drawn from a deep and still-vital storytelling tradition. (Folktales. 10-13)"
Seven briskly retold traditional tales are illustrated with dot-eyed, appealingly ingenuous figures from the illustrator of Tolstoy's Gigantic Turnip (1999). Read full book review >
JODY'S BEANS by Malachy Doyle
Released: April 1, 1999

"The story resembles a fine reduction sauce, as Doyle's imagery and newcomer Allibone's delicate, framed watercolors yield a rich, concentrated delight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This smart little story from Doyle, about growing a tepee of runner beans, can be extended to take in the big canvas—life itself—but its charm resides in the focus on a singular natural event. Read full book review >