Books by Margaret Wild

NO MORE KISSES! by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2011

"Simple and sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A cumulative romp through the backyard is further enlivened by tickles and hugs and kisses. Read full book review >
HARRY & HOPPER by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Tasteful, affecting and never maudlin. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A young boy's journey of grief. Read full book review >
HUSH, HUSH! by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Strevens-Marzo's landscapes with animals are attractive and varied (though one might wish her crisply delineated shapes were little more somnolent), and Wild packs in lots of punchy vocabulary words while keeping her simple tale accessible. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Baby Hippo's insomnia is a great excuse for him (and readers) to explore his environment. Read full book review >
ITSY-BITSY BABIES by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Full of warmth and fun, appealing visuals and gentle humor, this is a marvelous book to read while gently bouncing a baby or young child on your knee. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Babies can do lots of things, as these winsome tots demonstrate in a catchy, rhythmic ode to the activities—and charm—of the very young. Read full book review >
PUFFLING by Margaret Wild
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Big Stripy Beak and Long Black Feather, in their quiet neutrality, allow readers to see exactly what parents of any age, gender or configuration do—feed, love and prepare their baby for that great race to the surf. (note on puffins) (Picture book. 2-5)"
When a baby puffin wonders when he can leave the burrow to explore the ocean, his parents Big Stripy Beak and Long Black Feather say that he must be "strong enough and tall enough and brave enough." Read full book review >
PIGLET AND GRANNY by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"For toddlers and preschoolers still learning to entertain themselves during moments of empty time, Piglet's resourcefulness, even in her impatience, stands as a worthwhile lesson. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Though Granny Pig is soft and squishy (and wears glasses halfway down her snout), she's still lively and playful. Read full book review >
WOOLVS IN THE SITEE by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Provocative reading. (Picture book. 10-12)"
Semi-phonetic spelling and slashing, ominous art add powerful notes of anxiety and otherness to this eerie psychodrama. Read full book review >
BOBBIE DAZZLER by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A brief note on the copyright page gives information concerning the Red-necked Wallaby. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bobbie Dazzler is a lively and bouncing Red-necked Wallaby. Read full book review >
PIGLET AND PAPA by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Reminiscent of Are You My Mother, this is sure to become a beloved favorite as well. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Patterned after their first book, Piglet and Mama (2005), the team's latest explores a father's unconditional love for his child. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE CROOKED HOUSE by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"As the crooked man, cat and house would say: "Yippee-yi-yay!" (Picture book. 3-7)"
The prolific Australian writer tells the tale of the crooked man, house, cat and mouse with—pun intended—a bit of a twist. Read full book review >
PIGLET AND MAMA by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Warmly inviting, Wild's tender tale is just right for bedtime snuggles and story time. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this pleasing outing, toddlers take a playful tour of the farm with a wandering piglet. Read full book review >
LITTLE HUMPTY by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"The burnt orange, sepia, and satiny pinks warm the pages of this cheerfully illustrated, tender and timeless tale. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This is a playful yet poignant ode to a youngster's growing independence and a mother's love. Read full book review >
ONE NIGHT by Margaret Wild
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 11, 2004

"Poetry sequence or novel—it fails either way. (Fiction. YA)"
A confused novel-in-verse explores the personalities of four archetypical high-school students and the consequences of one-night flings. Read full book review >
KISS KISS! by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Rare is the lapsitter who won't want to do likewise after sharing this. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Post-toddlers with a tendency to rush off without attending to basic necessities may benefit from this simply told episode. Read full book review >
JINX by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"The device of the poetry will attract many young readers; the skill with which it is told will keep them hooked. (Fiction. YA)"
In the style of so many new narratives in verse, Wild uses individual poems to tell the poignant, intense story of a girl unlucky in love. Read full book review >
FOX by Margaret Wild
by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Ron Brooks
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

Ambiguities and rawly expressionistic art turn this tale of friendship and temptation from the creators of Rosie and the Tortoise (1999) into a strongly atmospheric psycho-fable. Read full book review >
NIGHTY NIGHT! by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A delightful bedtime treat that could stir up "little rascals." (Picture book. 3-5)"
Wild (The Pocket Dogs, p. 423, etc.) scores again with a barnyard of animal babies who won't go to bed. Read full book review >
THE POCKET DOGS by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"As a result, a strong current of reassurance flows through this mild drama, a tribulation that young readers can learn to accept will likely turn out just fine. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Even the most secure and loving situations can have their unexpected rough patches, scary episodes that come and go, such as the one that figures in Wild's (Midnight Babies, p. 191, etc.) story. Mr. Pockets is a flighty, but affectionate gent (and is so captured by King's equally wiggly and homey watercolors) who wears a great, baggy coat come rain or shine, summer or winter. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT BABIES by Margaret Wild
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 19, 2001

"Parents and older sibs who wonder why babies get so much more pleasure out of playing with food than eating it will understand at last, thanks to this follow-up to The Midnight Gang (1996). (Picture book. 5-8)"
Readers of Nina Laden's The Night I Followed the Dog (1994) and Bruce Ingman's A Night on the Tiles (1999) will readily accept this proposition that babies, too, lead a secret life in the wee hours. Read full book review >
ROSIE AND TORTOISE by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A cozy tale to share with siblings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The premature birth of her brother alarms Rosie, who must learn to accept her tiny sibling into her life. Read full book review >
BIG CAT DREAMING by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A dream that fades when the last page is turned, unlikely to be summoned again. (Picture book. 3-6)"
 Wild (Old Pig, 1996, etc.) spins sugar in this story, further saturated by Spudvilas's oil paintings. Read full book review >
OLD PIG by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"If death's sting is muted, the ache is real, deepened by Old Pig's life, clearly well lived, attentive, loving. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 Old Pig and Granddaughter have lived together for a long time, but comes the day when Old Pig senses she will soon die. Read full book review >
GOING HOME by Margaret Wild
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Appealing and gently insightful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Eagerly awaiting the day he can leave the hospital, Hugo turns down fellow patients Nirmala and Simon's invitations to play cards or watch TV for imaginative journeys inspired by the zoo he can see out the window. Read full book review >
OUR GRANNY by Margaret Wild
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1994

"Sure to enliven a primary unit on families, or to launch a cozy bedtime chat. (Picture book. 4-7)"
 Another treasure from Wild/Vivas (The Very Best of Friends, etc.) ``Some grannies live in apartments...farmhouses...nursing homes or nowhere at all. Read full book review >
TOBY by Margaret Wild
by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Noela Young
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Young's beautifully observed watercolors are less impressionistic than Shirley Hughes's, and include more literal details, but they are in the same richly empathetic spirit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Toby, a faithful and affectionate golden retriever, is 14; he's dim of eye, deaf, and smelly, but still his family loyally forgives him everything—all except Sara, whose only apparent response to Toby's infirmities is anger. Read full book review >
ALL THE BETTER TO SEE YOU WITH! by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

 An especially warmhearted, well-fashioned story about getting glasses. Read full book review >
SPACE TRAVELLERS by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Unrealistically upbeat, perhaps, but a good departure point for discussion. (Picture book. 5-9)"
 A gifted Australian writer (The Very Best of Friends, 1990) takes a deceptively simple look at a mother and son living in a ``rocket'' (an airy metal construction) in a city park. Read full book review >
THANK YOU, SANTA by Margaret Wild
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An unusually amiable Christmas offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 In January, Samantha writes Santa a friendly thank-you note, confiding her pleasure in the knitting needles and yarn he brought and asking after his reindeer. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN'S HOLIDAY by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"An amusing change of pace. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 From Australia, a merry romp of a fantasy: the Queen is plump, elderly Victoria, who sets out for the beach, on foot, with a large entourage—a butler carrying an elegant morning tea, a lady-in-waiting with the royal potty, etc. In the holiday spirit, the functionaries get into mischief along the way (``The maids had a pillow fight...The bodyguard shot himself in the foot''), so—good mother that she is—the Queen takes charge, sets everything to rights (She ``bandaged the bodyguard's foot...unknotted the swimming costumes''), then marches the whole crew on to the sea. Read full book review >
LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN! by Margaret Wild
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"An outstanding book, filled with reverent awe at the nobility of the human spirit. (Picture book. 5+)"
 There still exist toys that were made at the concentration camp at Belsen. Read full book review >