Books by Megan Lloyd

MISS SALLY ANN AND THE PANTHER by Bobbi Miller
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Still, another solid addition to tall-tale collections. (Picture book/tall tale. 4-8)"
Miller and Lloyd team up for another rollicking tall-tale adventure (Davy Crockett Gets Hitched, 2009). Read full book review >
A BIG BOY NOW by Eileen Spinelli
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A nice addition to the "growing up" books that not only deals with an obstacle to overcome, but features a main character that is slightly older than most in this genre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Spinelli and Lloyd celebrate the self-confidence that arises from a child's achieving the milestones of growth, including the ups and downs of riding a bike sans training wheels. Read full book review >
BETSY ROSS by Becky White
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A bit of bibliography and a stronger admission that this is not history (or herstory) but legend would make this a stronger book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A historical fable, told in very few words, prettily illustrated and rather wonderful in its elegant brevity—except there is almost no evidence to support the Betsy Ross myth. Read full book review >
TOO MANY TURKEYS by Linda White
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"Overall, this rural romp provides a gobbling good read. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Even two turkeys may prove too many in this lighthearted tale. Read full book review >
DAVY CROCKETT GETS HITCHED by Bobbi Miller
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 15, 2009

"Pair this with Steven Kellogg's tall tales about Davy Crockett and Sally Ann to round out their life stories. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Festooned with similes and hyperbole, as all good tall tales should be, this tells the infamous story of how Davy Crockett and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind met and wed. Read full book review >
THIS IS THE FEAST by Diane Z. Shore
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Lloyd's primitive-inspired paintings effectively complement both verse and tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A modified "House that Jack Built" rhythm follows the Pilgrims as they make their way "to freedom through wind and through wave / across the Atlantic, so far and so wide," huddle near "the hearth, soothing the soul, / as death and disease take a terrible toll," plant "the fields, stubbled, unclaimed, / cleared by Patxuets before the plague came" and celebrate their first Thanksgiving. Read full book review >
THE MIXED-UP ROOSTER by Pamela Duncan Edwards
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Young readers will be delighted that Ned and the surrounding animals work out a compromise that satisfies everyone. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ned just cannot arise in time to herald the dawning of each new morn. Read full book review >
FANCY THAT by Esther Hershenhorn
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 2003

"Told with engagingly rhythmic language and the repeating structure of a folktale, this tongue-in-cheek piece of Americana will delight a wide range of readers and listeners. (author's note, illustrator note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Using made-from-scratch egg tempera for authenticity, Lloyd alternates expertly done American folk-art-style portraits with more finely detailed, richly colored landscapes for this tale of an orphaned 19th-century lad who takes to the road with his father's art supplies, promising his three sisters that he'll be back by Christmas with money for a new home. Read full book review >
HORSE IN THE PIGPEN by Linda Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2002

"The rhythm and repetition of Williams's text make this an enjoyable read-aloud; cleverly detailed and often outlandish illustrations make it a visual treat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Something funny is afoot on the farm, but mom doesn't have time to listen in this pleasing pastoral romp. Read full book review >
SEVEN AT ONE BLOW by Eric A. Kimmel
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Children will enjoy the surface story; older readers will either wonder whether a man who believes his own lies will make a good ruler, or take heart from the tailor's swaggering path to success. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lucky swipe earns a fearsome reputation for a tailor in search of fame and fortune in this tale from the Brothers Grimm. Read full book review >
CHIRPING CRICKETS by Melvin Berger
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1998

"Easy projects are included, as is a tidy formula for figuring out the temperature from the number of cricket chirps per minute. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
To human listeners, cricket songs announce that summer can't last forever; their evening chirps forecast falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and the start of school in the not-so-distant future. Read full book review >
TOO MANY PUMPKINS by Linda White
FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"Esmeralda, the heroine's sidekick cat, provides a particularly expressive counterpoint in almost every picture. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 When Rebecca Estelle was a little girl, money was scarce. Read full book review >
WHAT COLOR IS CAMOUFLAGE? by Carolyn Otto
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 1996

"A careful integration of text and illustration makes this an especially useful title in the series, as well as an attractive one. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
 This handsome title in the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series shows and describes animal camouflage. Read full book review >
FALCONS NEST ON SKYSCRAPERS by Priscilla Belz Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1996

"Lloyd's vivid, highly realistic watercolors enhance the lucid, lively text; no one should be surprised if readers finish this book and ask for a lift to one of the bird-watching venues listed in the back. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
 A fine entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series that introduces readers to the peregrine falcon, its history, habits, and its near-deadly encounter with DDT. Read full book review >
DANCE WITH ME by Barbara Juster Esbensen
POETRY
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A fine addition to poetry and picture book collections, this is simple enough for reading alone and strong enough for group sharing. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
 A lovely collection of 15 poems, graced with iridescent pastel illustrations. Read full book review >
A REGULAR FLOOD OF MISHAP by Tom Birdseye
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 15, 1994

"In this comical, reassuring tale, Lloyd's precise lines and clean colors make even the wildest mishaps look curiously tidy. (Picture book. 5-7)"
 Poor Ima Bean! Read full book review >
THE GINGERBREAD DOLL by Susan Tews
FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

"Lloyd's sharply observed realistic watercolors—in a palette somewhat grayed as if to recall old b&w photos—beautifully reflect this well-told story's warmth and focus on essential values. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
 When the extended family gathers for its annual cookie baking, great-grandma Rebecca tells about her ninth Christmas, in 1930 during the Depression. Read full book review >
LOBSTER BOAT by Brenda Z. Guiberson
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Lloyd's evocative art is lovely, capturing water and sky in misty watercolors while focusing more specific pen lines on the lobsters, the people, and the tools of their trade. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Moving on from the wildlife in Cactus Hotel (1991) and Spoonbill Swamp (1992), Guiberson and Lloyd depict a day of lobstering on the Maine coast. Read full book review >
SPOONBILL SWAMP by Brenda Z. Guiberson
ANIMALS
Released: March 30, 1992

"Though this doesn't have the artistry of Lewin's book, it's visually pleasing and includes more information about these particular species. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
 Like Lewin's When the Rivers Go Home (below), an evocation of the creatures of a tropical swamp. Read full book review >
CACTUS HOTEL by Brenda Z. Guiberson
NATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"A good second resource. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5+)"
 On the same level and covering the same ground as Bash's Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus (1989), another clear, well-illustrated look at this pivotal contributor to the ecology of the Southwest. Read full book review >
BABA YAGA by Eric A. Kimmel
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1991

"The two renditions, both good, are quite different in flavor: complementary, not redundant. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
 Another briskly-told variant of the Cinderella-cum-Hansel and Gretel story also recounted in Vasilissa the Beautiful (p. 253/C-49). Read full book review >
SUPER CLUCK by Jane O’Connor
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1991

"Robert O'Connor, now a sixth grader, had the idea for the story at seven; his conclusion hints at a sequel. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
 ``Chuck Cluck...came to Earth on a rocket ship when he was just an egg.'' Adopted by a passing hen, he soon amazes the other chickens by picking up their coop to retrieve a corn cob, and becomes a hero when he rescues some hatching eggs from a marauding rat. Read full book review >