Books by Marsha Wilson Chall

Released: June 7, 2016

"With a peculiar ending, shaky plot, and passive art, this book may appeal to hard-core dog lovers, but it will likely leave general readers befuddled. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A bored, imaginative dog makes his dreams a reality. Read full book review >
A SECRET KEEPS by Marsha Wilson Chall
Released: April 1, 2012

"This sophisticated farmyard tale is sprinkled with gentle plays on words and is sure to spark discussion about secrets of all kinds—those to keep, discover and share. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Chall employs alliteration and rhyme to lyrically portray a young boy's quiet adventure on his grandparents' farm. Read full book review >
PICK A PUP by Marsha Wilson Chall
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"Terrific for sharing, with bouncing and memorable phrasing and appealing, energetic illustrations, this sweet and satisfying tale showcases the charm and special qualities of dogs as well as the tenderness of a grandparent-grandchild relationship. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sam is a thoughtful, dark-haired boy who is ready to adopt a dog. Read full book review >
PRAIRIE TRAIN by Marsha Wilson Chall
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Despite occasional anxious moments, the generally buoyant tone of this individual odyssey will reassure prospective young travelers, and trainiacs will pore over the period details. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As the Great Northern chugs its way to St. Read full book review >
BONAPARTE by Marsha Wilson Chall
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A chien sans peur is Bonaparte, coupling engagingly doggy devotion with rare ingenuity. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Language purists may wince, but everyone else will applaud this Gallic tale of boy and dog separated, then reunited. Read full book review >
RUPA RISES THE SUN by Marsha Wilson Chall
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Readers may chortle over their inside knowledge of sunrises and sunsets; they also may be puzzled by the point of the story: Rupa, hitherto so responsible and so valued by the village, looks like a useless old fool, the butt of a bad joke. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale with more atmosphere than purpose, about mistaking post hoc events for genuine cause and effect. Read full book review >
UP NORTH AT THE CABIN by Marsha Wilson Chall
Released: May 15, 1992

"Without the compelling drama of McCloskey's Time of Wonder, but—as a vibrant, affectionate tribute to another region—a worthy of standing on the same shelf. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Happy summer days in Minnesota's north woods are evoked in a generously large book with full-bleed paintings whose lush colors are echoed in the ground of the opposing text to make harmonious double spreads. Read full book review >
MATTIE by Marsha Wilson Chall
Released: May 15, 1992

"A satisfactory early chapter book for kids not quite ready for the Haywoods. (Fiction. 6-8)"
During Valentine's week, second-grader Mattie exchanges an amusing series of gifts with a ``secret friend''—dreaded class rowdy Jeb—who is also her secret admirer; during spring vacation, she peddles pesky little brother Emmett, finds a taker- -and promptly realizes that she misses him; and, in a summer episode that links the other two, she and Jeb build a treehouse and give Emmett a disastrous haircut. Read full book review >