Books by Margaret McNamara

GOLDEN AT THE FANCY-DRESS PARTY by Margaret McNamara
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Age-appropriate story sophistication outweighs didacticism. (Squeak's glossary, Goldie's cape instructions, music) (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Fairy Golden Bell travels to the mainland for an adventure packed with fairies, fashion and bullying. Read full book review >
THE APPLE ORCHARD RIDDLE by Margaret McNamara
Released: July 9, 2013

"A sweet, slice-of-school-life story. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this follow-up to How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? (2007), a field trip to an apple orchard presents an occasion for daydreaming Tara to solve a riddle posed by her teacher, Mr. Tiffin. Read full book review >
ROSY AND THE SECRET FRIEND by Margaret McNamara
Released: April 23, 2013

"Not the subtlest book, but girls who love fairies won't care. (how to make a fairy house, glossary of baby Squeak's language) (Fantasy. 6-8)"
Fairy Rosy Bell strikes up a forbidden friendship with a human child. Read full book review >
SYLVA AND THE FAIRY BALL by Margaret McNamara
Released: April 23, 2013

"Good intentions and heroism wrapped in a dainty package for girls who can't get enough fairies. (glossary of baby Squeak's language, cake recipe, music) (Fantasy. 6-9)"
The first installment in a chapter-book series chronicling the adventures of Tinker Bell's younger sisters. Read full book review >
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY by Margaret McNamara
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Overall the connection between the boy and the future general and president is labored and tenuous, and it may well baffle young readers unfamiliar with most of those stories. (Picture book. 7-10) "
This potentially amusing blend of story and historical fact feels a bit strained. Read full book review >
THE THREE LITTLE ALIENS AND THE BIG BAD ROBOT by Margaret McNamara
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"This one may be too stuck on the arc of the original tale to come alive in its own right. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An extremely odd variant on "The Three Little Pigs." Read full book review >
THE WHISTLE ON THE TRAIN by Margaret McNamara
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"As the tableaux open with each turn of the page, the book lacks the interactivity of Paul O. Zelinsky's The Wheels on the Bus (1990), but it should prove highly popular in storytime. (Pop-up/picture book. 2-5)"
A modern intercity train takes its passengers from the big city to Littleville and beyond to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus." Read full book review >
HOW MANY SEEDS IN A PUMPKIN? by Margaret McNamara
FICTION
Released: July 10, 2007

"This will resound well with elementary-school teachers, who will find it useful for teaching prediction, skip counting and even beginning multiplication. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The smallest boy in class learns an important lesson about size in this delightful tale that combines a boost in self-esteem and a math lesson. Read full book review >
ONE HUNDRED DAYS (PLUS ONE) by Margaret McNamara
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"The Robin Hill School stories will find a ready audience on easy reader shelves in both school and public libraries. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
The celebration of the 100th day of class is a popular addition to the school calendar, reflected in a recent spate of read-alouds with centenary themes. Read full book review >
TOO MANY VALENTINES by Margaret McNamara
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Successful easy readers with real stories, humor, and appealing illustrations are always in demand, and the kids of the Robin Hill School first grade seem poised to each star in their own story. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
McNamara (One Hundred Days [Plus One], above) explores Valentine's Day in this beginning easy reader, part of her Robin Hill School series set in a first-grade classroom. Read full book review >