Books by Marie-Louise Gay

THE TRAVELING CIRCUS by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 14, 2015

"A salutary, unusual look at part of the world rarely seen in North American children's literature, wrapped up in family fun. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A Canadian family's vacation in Croatia offers both typical road-trip zaniness and opportunities for deep reflection. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PISTACHIO by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"A playful and entertaining take on children's perennial questions surrounding ideas of personhood, family and community. (Early reader. 4-8)"
The arrival of a tiara in the mail is the tipping point in evidence for Pistachio Shoelace that she is really a princess—but no one seems to believe her. Read full book review >
ANY QUESTIONS? by Marie-Louise Gay
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A delightful and interactive step into the world of creating engaging picture books for children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gay introduces young readers to her craft as an author and illustrator of children's books, simultaneously inviting their participation in creating the story. Read full book review >
READ ME A STORY, STELLA by Marie-Louise Gay
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A perfect summer's day bound in 32 pages. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This daylong idyll depicts the sweetest of sibling relationships, with big sister Stella indulging and guiding little brother Sam in child-sized flights of fancy. Read full book review >
SUMMER IN THE CITY by Marie-Louise Gay
Released: April 1, 2012

"An upbeat summer idyll likely to draw chuckles whether read alone or aloud. (Fiction. 10-12)"
After previous family vacations highlighted by encounters with alligators, revolutionaries and natural disasters (see Travels With My Family, 2006, for details) a "stay-cation" at home in Montreal sounds a trifle boring to Charlie. Read full book review >
CARAMBA AND HENRY by Marie-Louise Gay
CLASSICS
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"A gem. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little brothers can be soooo bothersome. Read full book review >
CLASSICS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Roslyn Rutabaga is one darned determined—and adorable—bunny. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Roslyn Rutabaga wakes up one morning with a grand plan: She wants to dig the Biggest Hole on Earth. Read full book review >
LULU’S PAJAMAS by Lucie Papineau
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A charmer. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lulu, a very young mouse, has the best mama and papa in the world and a pet ladybug named Lili-poo. Read full book review >
WHEN STELLA WAS VERY, VERY SMALL by Marie-Louise Gay
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Stella is both wonderful and full of wonder—purely glorious. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Stella has always been a fountain of creative knowledge, offering her little brother Sam the benefits of her vivid imagination. Read full book review >
HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA by James Howe
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Howe's gentle text deftly mixes in some sight words alongside easily sounded-out vocabulary, all while telling a sweetly engaging story; Gay's energetic watercolors brim with personality and humor. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Houndsley loves to take his canoe out onto the lake, but Bert the goose, his usual paddling partner, must visit a sick aunt. Read full book review >
HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA AND THE QUIET TIME by James Howe
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"These endearing characters shine in this gentle and reflective read. (Early reader. 5-8)"
The frantic pace of daily life is thrown by the wayside when a heavy snowstorm quietly descends in this latest installment starring friends Houndsley and Catina. Read full book review >
ON THE ROAD AGAIN! by Marie-Louise Gay
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2008

"A perfect sequel, liberally illustrated with Gay's good-humored sketches, this middle-grade novel brims with anecdotal entertainment for the earliest of armchair travelers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Charlie and his little brother Max are off with their parents on a new adventure (Travels with My Family, 2006), this time to the tiny village of Celeriac in France. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Using language appropriate for new readers, Howe crafts a knowing paean—filtered mainly through Houndsley's point of view—to the care and feeding of friendship. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
In a sweet sequel to their debut, good friends Houndsley and Catina sadly realize that they don't know when their birthdays are. Read full book review >
HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA by James Howe
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"A pleasantly seasoned potboiler. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Houndsley, a good cook, and Catina, a misguided memoirist, pursue goals out of step with their true natures in this humorous beginning reader, the first of a series. Read full book review >
CARAMBA by Marie-Louise Gay
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Adults may wonder why the cat is named Caramba—there's seemingly no rhyme or reason—but kids won't care; they'll enjoy his flight of discovery. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wry twist of the adage, "If pigs could fly" and the axiom, "Be true to yourself." Read full book review >
DIDI AND DADDY ON THE PROMENADE by Marilyn Singer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 19, 2001

"The sweeping panoramic views are strikingly reproduced on double-paged spreads and those who know the area can spot familiar sites from the Statue of Liberty to the twin towers on down to the Brooklyn Bridge. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-5)"
A preschooler drags her father from his comfy bed for adventures on the landmark Brooklyn Promenade. Read full book review >
THE FABULOUS SONG by Don Gillmor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

In an appealing Canadian import, Gillmor takes an offbeat approach to the dreaded subject of music lessons. Read full book review >