Books by Mary Morgan

WHEN YOU WANDER by Margarita Engle
Released: April 30, 2013

"A sensible safety lesson and a satisfying story. (afterword) (Picture book. 3-8)"
A charismatic golden retriever narrates this earnest story about finding a toddler who wanders away into the woods. Read full book review >
DRAGON PIZZERIA by Mary Morgan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 13, 2008

"This playful addition to any fairy-tale collection will be a hit in storytimes. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two dragons in Fairy Tale Land decide to open a pizza shop. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF HER NAME by Mary Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"A palatable historical novel that holds the nostalgia."
Seattle novelist Morgan's (Deeper Waters, 2002, etc.) folksy history lesson revisits a small Welsh town 20 years after the Americans ran through in WWII. Read full book review >
SLEEP TIGHT, LITTLE MOUSE by Mary Morgan
ANIMALS
Released: May 13, 2003

In this diminutive charmer, a restless mouseling tells his mama that he'd rather sleep in a bird's nest, in a pile of puppies, a kangaroo's pouch, with bats in a cave, or with a polar bear mama. Read full book review >
DEEPER WATERS by Mary Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2002

"Noah continues to be a likable and believable hero—prone to human error and misgivings—as Morgan avoids hackneyed plotting: an entry that's original and thoroughly diverting."
Morgan's third outing brings a return visit from lawyer Noah Richards. Read full book review >
WHAT THE BABY HEARS by Laura Godwin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Toddlers will delight in the sounds that this selection will encourage. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Babies, whether kittens, owlets, joeys, or tadpoles, hear different sounds from burps to purrs; this sweet story has them all. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE AT THE EDGE OF THE JUNGLE by Mary Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"But Isabel herself—as quirky and unpredictable as she is believable and fascinating—will keep you steadily turning pages."
An offbeat follow-up to her impressive debut (Willful Neglect, 1997)—offbeat in the sense that there are no corpses, no clues, no cops, no usual suspects. Read full book review >
OUR PUPPIES ARE GROWING by Carolyn Otto
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"An excellent resource for new and prospective owners, as well as the merely curious. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)"
This newest entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series examines the early stages of a puppy's development, from gestation to approximately eight weeks. Read full book review >
WILLFUL NEGLECT by Mary Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 1997

"Most readers will want to hear more from the quietly charismatic hero of this poignant, penetrating, suspenseful debut, written in a style both easy and elegant."
 A first-class debut novel that tells the story of young lawyer Noah Richards, a widower who, having enjoyed a short, blissful marriage, now finds himself lost, at loose ends. Read full book review >
I'M THE BOSS! by Elizabeth Winthrop
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1994

"Delightful. (Picture book. 2-6)"
 The subject is clout, and how it's acquired. ``Julia [of Asleep in a Heap, 1993] was not the boss of anything or anybody and she didn't like it.'' Her parents tell her what to eat; her big sister orders her to scram; even her toddler sib hollers when she feels imposed on. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN'S BUGS by Mary Morgan
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"With its delicate grounding in the real behavior of its humanized animals, this is a charming Beatrix Potter descendant, a perfect stepping stone to Potter's more demanding texts. (Picture book. 1-6)"
 A small, sweet book that describes, with disarming simplicity, a little porcupine's adventures on a walk with his mama, a motherly animal person who much resembles Mrs. Tiggy Winkle. Read full book review >
ASLEEP IN A HEAP by Elizabeth Winthrop
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Just the thing for a tuck-in storytime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
 A diverting new take on the topic of a wakeful tot. Read full book review >
BLOOMERS! by Rhoda Blumberg
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"In lively prose supported by Morgan's subtly amusing watercolors, Blumberg (Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun, 1985, Newbery Honor) tells the youngest readers how the infancy of the women's rights movement put a twist in the knickers of American history. (Picture book. 5-10)"
 On seeing friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton's trousers, Amelia Bloomer ``decided that women needed freedom not only from drunken husbands but also from cumbersome, crippling clothes.'' As with any revolutionary style change, ``bloomers,'' named for the editor of a women's journal, The Lily, shocked the public. Read full book review >
HUGS by Alice McLerran
by Alice McLerran, illustrated by Mary Morgan
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A disarming valentine of a book, for a small friend or a larger one. (Picture book. 1-5)"
 An appealing pocket-sized book explores a concept that every loving parent enjoys teaching. Read full book review >
THE GUPPIES OF HILLY DALE HOUSE by Anne Baird
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 1991

"An appealing, useful book. (Picture book. 1-5)"
 Five half-pint realistic stories about a day-care group (the ``Guppies''), each genial episode making its small, wholesome point via demonstration: the toddler who naps in the morning is the only one who's wide awake at lunchtime; an inchworm is fun to hold, but will be happiest outside. Read full book review >
ANIMAL TRACKS AND TRACES by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1991

 Over-sweet use of color and a coy tone limit the appeal of this book on tracks, castings, and nests. Read full book review >