Books by Margaret Hodges

THE WEE CHRISTMAS CABIN by Margaret Hodges
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"While this adaptation's nice enough, it's worth waiting till the kids are older and introducing them to the original, perhaps with Max Grafe's 2005 illustrated edition. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Oona, abandoned as a baby, grows into "the prettiest and gentlest-mannered lass in the county," but no one wants a tinker's child. Read full book review >
MOSES by Margaret Hodges
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Moser's full-page watercolor illustrations on every other page create a strong visual personality for Moses as he ages from confident prince to elderly prophet. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Hodges retells some of the key events from the life of Moses in a well-written, fluid style that makes the ancient stories come alive for young readers or listeners. Read full book review >
DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT by Margaret Hodges
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 15, 2006

"An author's note rounds out this happy foray into legend. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
The legendary Lord Mayor of London's story is here resurrected for a picture-book audience, the straightforward retelling receiving dramatic treatment. Read full book review >
MERLIN AND THE MAKING OF THE KING by Margaret Hodges
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A wonderful addition to the inexhaustible riches of Camelot. (Folklore. 6-10)"
A perfectly beautiful small volume by the wizardly team of Hodges and Hyman. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO DREW CATS by Margaret Hodges
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 15, 2002

"Sogabe shows only the goblin's tail, and does not depict the battle at all; readers more inured to terror may prefer Arthur Levine's eerie, atmospheric version of the story (1994), illustrated by Frederic Clement. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
An artist is born in Hodges's shortened retelling of a classic tale from Japan. Read full book review >
JOAN OF ARC by Margaret Hodges
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"His visual trope of a flowerlike flame in the fireplace of Joan's home is startlingly recreated in the final image of Joan at the stake. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
While Josephine Poole and Angela Barrett's Joan of Arc (1998) focused on Joan as a saint, this spirited but reverent telling emphasizes Joan as a hero. Read full book review >
UP THE CHIMNEY by Margaret Hodges
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

The spunky heroine in this version of an English folk tale outfoxes a witch and saves her family from destitution. Read full book review >
MOLLY LIMBO by Margaret Hodges
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Masterful handling of intriguing material, accompanied by visuals that recall Arthur Rackham's work; this is an entertaining read bolstered by positive values. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8.)"
 Hodges (Comus, p. 135, etc.) draws on various sources of English and Scottish folklore to create this beguiling story of a house haunted by Molly Limbo, wife of a pirate and currently inhabiting a room at the top of the house. Read full book review >
COMUS by Margaret Hodges
adapted by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 15, 1996

"Not an exceptional book, but quite skillfully done. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
Hodges (Gulliver in Lilliput, 1995, etc.) bases her story on Milton's theatrical version of what may be the oldest of all English fairy tales, "Childe Roland." Read full book review >
GULLIVER IN LILLIPUT by Margaret Hodges
FANTASY
Released: March 15, 1995

"These act to highlight comedic moments and guarantee that accomplished readers will find the Swift behind the rendering. (Picture book. 7- 11)"
 Hodges retells Swift's story of Lemuel Gulliver's strange run in with Lilliputians and the people of Blefuscu in a curious deadpan. Read full book review >
THE HERO OF BREMEN by Margaret Hodges
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

 An agreeable German tale of avarice vanquished and true heroism, based—according to Hodges's excellent note—on a 19th- century text. Read full book review >
SAINT PATRICK AND THE PEDDLER by Margaret Hodges
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An auspicious blend of appealing story and engaging visual interpretation. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
 Reshaping a tale found in both Jacobs's More English Fairy Tales and Sawyer's The Way of the Storyteller (as she explains in an excellent note), Hodges creates a briefer, more accessible tale retaining enough of Sawyer's Irish lilt for a pleasing flavor. Read full book review >
OF SWORDS AND SORCERERS by Margaret Hodges
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 30, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Folklore. 10-12)"
 Based on manuscripts of the late storyteller Cecile Cox Offill, this condensed rehearsal of the Matter of Britain quickly takes readers from the dragon fight over Snowden to the death of Lancelot. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN DEER by Margaret Hodges
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1992

"San Souci's exact, brightly lit watercolors follow the story closely, capturing the grace and dignity of both the dappled golden deer and the theme of concern for all life. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 6-8)"
 In this reverent version of a Jataka tale, a magnificent stag known as the Banyan Deer goes willingly to sacrifice in place of a pregnant doe. Read full book review >
HAUNTINGS by Margaret Hodges
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Sources; illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
 Sixteen eerie tales, retold with varying success. Read full book review >
BROTHER FRANCIS AND THE FRIENDLY BEASTS by Margaret Hodges
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

 From the elegant, manuscript-style lettering against a serene expanse of blue sky on its lovely title spread, this is a thoughtfully conceived, exquisitely rendered book. Read full book review >
ST. JEROME AND THE LION by Margaret Hodges
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Luminous and altogether splendid. (Folklore/Picture book. 4+)"
 This medieval legend of the early monk who lived in Bethlehem and translated the Bible into Latin is such a wonderful story that it's surprising it hasn't been retold more often. Read full book review >

This distinguished writer, best known for her retellings of folklore and myth (including the Caldecott winner St. Read full book review >