Books by Michael Chesworth

CREAKY OLD HOUSE by Linda Ashman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This ramshackle mess of an abode has real character and happily contains its frolicking family. (Picture book. 4-6)"
It might not be the perfect house—"windows drafty, shutters peeling. / There's a crack across the ceiling. / Paint's a little chipped and faded. / Might say it's dilapidated"—but the family of nine living here couldn't be happier—until a doorknob falls off. Read full book review >
DIOGENES by M.D. Usher
ANIMALS
Released: June 3, 2009

Usher appropriately casts a free-ranging mutt in the role of the philosopher in this worthy, picture-book introduction to his life and lessons. Read full book review >
THIS IS YOUR LIFE CYCLE by Heather Lynn Miller
ANIMALS
Released: July 21, 2008

"The insect audience may decamp, but the human one is sure to stay glued to Chesworth's comical cartoon pictures and Miller's riotous take on nature in action. (concluding Q&A) (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
A dragonfly nymph emerges from the water and into the spotlight in this hilarious pondside version of the classic TV show. Read full book review >
MORGY’S MUSICAL SUMMER by Maggie Lewis
FICTION
Released: April 21, 2008

"Chesworth's action-packed black-and-white illustrations complement the breezy text. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Just in time for summer-vacation readers, Lewis brings Morgy MacDougal-MacDuff back in this warm and funny tale of cabin living, camp food and classic letters from home. Read full book review >
INVENTOR MCGREGOR by Kathleen T. Pelley
HUMOR
Released: April 7, 2006

"The sprightly pastel drawings are as lighthearted as the text, which bursts with energy and inventiveness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
McGregor lives in a higgledy-piggledy house "with a cheery wife, five children, and a hen called Hattie." Read full book review >
MOM FOR MAYOR by Nancy Edwards
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Black-and-white illustrations accent the rather conventional story. (Fiction. 7-10)"
It was just not possible, but the sign on Lenox Field read "For Sale." Read full book review >
MORGY COAST TO COAST by Maggie Lewis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 2, 2005

"Bravo. (Fiction. 9-10)"
In a hyper-frenetic plot, reinforced by fast-paced but thoughtful narration, Lewis perfectly captures an active nine-year-old boy's life. Read full book review >
JINGLE THE BRASS by Patricia Newman
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2004

"Newman defines all the argot so adroitly in context that the closing glossary is superfluous. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Young trainiacs will definitely "jingle the brass" (as in: ring the bell) at this lingo-heavy trip into railroading's past. Read full book review >
ALPHABOAT by Michael Chesworth
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"CDB fans and everyone who can appreciate the written word will appreciate the author's humor and erudition, anyone who appreciates language will laugh out loud. (Picture book. 5-10)"
This bit of alphabetical legerdemain, juggling the particles of speech and letters topsy-turvy, is to alphabet books what a diacritical mark is to vowels. Read full book review >
LITTLE GRANNY QUARTERBACK by Bill Martin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Sharp eyes will realize that Granny's never left her two-poster bed, but she's still the most vigorous grandmother seen since Barbara Williams's Kevin's Grandma (1975). (Picture book. 4-8)"
The team that produced Swish (1997) returns to the world of sports with a somewhat older star. Read full book review >
TOUCHDOWN MARS! by Peggy Wethered
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2000

"A beginning science title to spur the imagination. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
"You are an astronaut! These are your crewmates. Read full book review >
Released: May 11, 1999

"This is ideal for those who prefer the fixings over the fanfare of the festivities themselves. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The commotion over preparations for Mama's surprise birthday party form the basis for Quattlebaum's latest, told from the point of view one of the daughters in the household. Read full book review >
JACOB TWO-TWO'S FIRST SPY CASE by Mordecai Richler
FICTION
Released: April 7, 1997

"Jacob's role in the plot is confined largely to enduring indignities and following orders, for Mr. Dinglebat, Jacob's father, and a trio of craven cops nail the bad guys. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Third in a series (Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur, o.p., and Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, 1994) about an eight-year-old nicknamed ``Two-Two'' because, as the youngest of five children, he must say everything twice before anyone pays any attention to him. Read full book review >
PIPPI LONGSTOCKING'S AFTER-CHRISTMAS PARTY by Astrid Lindgren
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Her fans will rejoice at the arrival of 'one more story' about Pippi. (Picture book. 5-10)"
At the end of Pippi in the South Seas (1959), Pippi and friends Tommy and Annika celebrated Christmas in Pippi's ramshackle Villa Villekulla. Read full book review >
ARCHIBALD FRISBY by Michael Chesworth
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"They have fun too, and what a rich and satisfying kind it can be. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Archibald is ``obsessed with all things scientific'' (he's been caught studying algebra at recess and has ``taken apart/every kitchen appliance:/they had given their lives/in the interest of science''). Read full book review >
TROUBLE WILL FIND YOU by Joan M. Lexau
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Accompanied by amiably realistic b&w illustrations, a cheerful, quick read for the easy chapter-book shelf. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A breezy little story about a boy who wants a dog, but whose parents don't believe he's responsible enough to have one. Read full book review >
ALVIN'S FAMOUS NO-HORSE by William Harry Harding
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Young reader/Fiction. 6- 9)"
An earnest little lecture of a book (one of the Redfeather series) whose two morals are: ``If at first you don't succeed...'' and ``If you want to learn how to do something, watch an expert.'' It's an amiable enough story about third-grader Alvin, who can't draw but must produce something to be displayed on Parents' Night at school—but it's also preachier than any young reader is likely to sit still for. Read full book review >
RAINY DAY DREAM by Michael Chesworth
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"But most interesting here are the beautifully crafted, exquisitely composed watercolors, skillfully evoking mist, light, and the very feel and smell of a rainy day; while the book is quiet, Chesworth achieves a real narrative flow, both visually and conceptually. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From a promising new illustrator, a wordless book depicting the flight of a man wafted aloft by his umbrella. Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF THE TROUBLE DOLLS by Dian Curtis Regan
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Angie Wu's Guatemalan Trouble Dolls are in great demand among her fourth-grade classmates: Marybeth Rosario hopes to win an important soccer game; Matthew Tallerico wants an A on a spelling test without studying for it; Ginger would like contact lenses; and Brooke wants a new job for her dad. Read full book review >