Books by Margaret Chamberlain

MY TWO GRANDADS by Floella Benjamin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Cheery, brightly colored, cartoon-style illustrations reiterate the text, which, while a touch didactic, laudably expands on the typically monocultural depictions of families in picture books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Benjamin and Chamberlain's picture book is squarely focused on family diversity as it tells the story of a biracial boy and his musical family in a companion to their earlier collaboration, My Two Grannies (2008). Read full book review >
I'M ME! by Sara Sheridan
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"This is a fine way to spend the day, no doubt, but in a story that seems intended to celebrate the imagination, it provides a most contradictory and unsatisfying conclusion. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Imogen arrives at her Aunt Sara's house for the day, she announces that she is ready to "play pretend." Read full book review >
LION’S LUNCH?  by Fiona Tierney
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Chamberlain's comfortably jazzy art seeks to subdue the action rather than to surprise, nicely complementing the text. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This British import pits a spunky artist against a feline philistine with mixed results. Read full book review >
PINK! by Lynne Rickards
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"For another look at unconventional penguins, pair with And Tango Makes Three. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Whoever heard of a pink penguin?" and "BOYS CAN'T BE PINK!" exclaims Patrick when he inexplicably wakes up covered in the pastel hue. Read full book review >
MY TWO GRANNIES by Floella Benjamin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Chamberlain's bright, childlike illustrations capture all three worlds and add a gently humorous touch. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alvina loves her two grandmothers more than anything. Read full book review >
PLEASE DON’T TEASE TOOTSIE by Margaret Chamberlain
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Eyebrows resume contented position. (Picture book. 3 & up)"
Tootsie's angry eyebrows on the cover say it all: Don't mess with the cat. Read full book review >
IT’S MY SCHOOL by Sally Grindley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2006

"Including Dad as the parental focus is another realistic touch. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Alice eagerly awaits the start of kindergarten, while older brother Tom is not so eager to have her attend the same school, more concerned about how she will embarrass him. Read full book review >
THE WHEELING AND WHIRLING-AROUND BOOK by Judy Hindley
SIZE, SHAPES & PATTERNS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Logic doesn't always prevail (if a quantity of water were dropped into space it would become ice, not a spherical drop of liquid), but on the whole the ubiquity and utility of round things are explored engagingly and broadly. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-10)"
This addition to the Read and Wonder series is a lighthearted survey of round shapes and, particularly, different types of circular motion. Read full book review >
MISS BUTTERPAT GOES WILD! by Malcolm Yorke
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

Curled up in the teachers' room with her knitting and tea, Miss Cushy Butterpat is the epitome of dull; when she tells her class that, during vacation, she ``might stow away on a ship to South America, explore the jungle, live with a tribe of Indians, canoe down the river...'', they say, ``You do tell whoppers.'' But that's what she does, though her adventures, which comprise most of the book, are even more exciting, especially in Chamberlain's lively, cartoony illustrations. Read full book review >
A BUSY DAY FOR A GOOD GRANDMOTHER by Margaret Mahy
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"A delight. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Urgently, Scrimshaw telephones his mother for help: Wanda's left him with Sweeney, who's teething, and only some of his grandmother's cock-a-hoop honey cake will mollify him. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"But fun's the main event, in the form of an incredibly intricate plot and continuous wordplay and hilarity- -enough for a dozen more ordinary books. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In the antic spirit of The Blood-and-Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak (1989), another from the irrepressible New Zealander's past—published abroad in 1983, a farce involving a young man who escapes managing "Ye Olde Pyratte Shippe Tea Shoppe" to set sail with his staff, already suitably costumed, in the shop/ship, now christened the Sinful Sausage in honor of their hoped-for exploits. Read full book review >