Books by Michael Garland

CAR GOES FAR by Michael Garland
Released: April 1, 2013

"An inviting, accessible title for new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Garland's little red car invites children along for a ride to reading success. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 22, 2012

"Children with parents serving in the armed forces will be especially fond of this version of the beloved poem. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Santa and his reindeer get lost in a blizzard, but the U.S. military comes to the rescue in this ingenious parody of "The Night Before Christmas." Read full book review >
FISH HAD A WISH by Michael Garland
Released: April 1, 2012

"From the beaver's coat to the tiger lily's petals to the snakeskin, this fish tale is a keeper. (Picture book/early reader. 4-8)"
Take a conventional story, add a new art technique—and voilà, a striking picture book is born. Read full book review >
OH, WHAT A CHRISTMAS! by Michael Garland
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A lighthearted lift for the holiday season, though the pat ending renders it a little more "ho-ho-hum" than "ho-ho-ho." (Picture book. 4-8) "
Roly-poly Santa plunges to the ground when his sleigh breaks, and he meets an unlikely cast of reindeer substitutes. Read full book review >
GRANDPA'S TRACTOR by Michael Garland
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2011

A grandfather and his grandson share the sweetness of reminiscence and evoke a bygone era. Read full book review >
SUPER SNOW DAY SEEK AND FIND by Michael Garland
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

Aggressively digital illustrations and a MacGuffin of a plot send a little boy on a monumental seek-and-find adventure on a snow day. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

Cuyler continues her That's Good! Read full book review >

MISS SMITH AND THE HAUNTED LIBRARY by Michael Garland
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

When Miss Smith takes her class to a spooky old library, the kids are dubious; they get downright anxious when librarian Ms Creeper reads a few characters out of Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook: the Hound of the Baskervilles, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula, etc. Fright turns to fun when Ms Creeper passes out cookies and cider. Read full book review >

THE BEST BOOK TO READ by Debbie Bertram
FICTION
Released: June 24, 2008

In Bertram and Bloom's rhymed tale, a librarian introduces a troop of youngsters to books on all sorts of subjects—exploration, science, cooking, pets—that the illustrations interpret by transporting a couple of youngsters into a representative scene. Read full book review >

AMERICANA ADVENTURE by Michael Garland
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2008

Garland's attempt to conduct a seek-and-find tour across the United States and through its history quickly collapses into a confusing jumble of faces, places and quotes. Read full book review >

THAT’S GOOD! THAT’S BAD! IN WASHINGTON, DC by Margery Cuyler
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 1, 2007

On a visit to the nation's capitol, a boy and his class hop aboard a DC Duck. Read full book review >

HOW MANY MICE? by Michael Garland
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

Garland cleverly turns a foraging expedition by ten hungry mice into a math and counting lesson for young readers. Read full book review >

KING PUCK by Michael Garland
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

In the Irish town of Killorglin, they hold a festival where they crown a local goat as King Puck. Read full book review >

MISS SMITH READS AGAIN! by Michael Garland
DINOSAURS
Released: July 1, 2006

The second-grade teacher with the fiery orange brush cut and leather jacket introduced in Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook (2003) returns, opening her magical volume to transform the classroom into Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World. Read full book review >

POOCH ON THE LOOSE by Steven Kroll
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Bart is a little terrier who lives in a huge apartment building in New York City with his owner, Max. Read full book review >

THE BEST TIME TO READ by Debbie Bertram
FICTION
Released: July 26, 2005

Bertram and Bloom's The Best Place to Read (2003) took on the social geography of reading. Read full book review >

THE GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT by Michael Garland
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

Garland places realistic but processed-looking patterned eggs, hens, chicks, real and chocolate bunnies, baskets and other Easter-ish iconography in multiple layers for this browser's-delight companion to Mystery Mansion (2001) and Christmas City (2002). Read full book review >

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE MARTIANS by Stu Smith
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

A rhyming twist of an old favorite designed to satisfy space lovers, too. Read full book review >

MISS SMITH’S INCREDIBLE STORYBOOK by Michael Garland
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2003

Zack's new second-grade teacher confounds his expectations, not so much with her black leather jacket and flaming red brush-cut, as with the big, ornately tooled book she carries—which, when opened, disgorges real pirates, pigs, knights, dragons, and the like as she reads. Read full book review >

JOAN OF ARC by Ann Tompert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2003

Tompert (Pied Piper of Peru, 2002, etc.) draws on early sources for this simply phrased retelling of the familiar legend, quoting Joan directly and letting contemporaries do the moralizing: "Even the King of England's secretary wept. 'We are all lost,' he cried. 'We have burnt a good and holy person.' " The author rounds off her tale with an account of how King Charles, "filled with Joan's winning spirit," drove the English from most of France, and of Joan's subsequent canonization. Read full book review >

THE BEST PLACE TO READ by Debbie Bertram
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 28, 2003

If a good man is hard to find, that's nothing compared to a good reading chair, as Bertram and Bloom's youthful protagonist discovers when he goes looking for the right place to read his new book. Read full book review >

CHRISTMAS CITY by Michael Garland
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Children who enjoy searching out every last item in the I Spy series will enjoy this complex search-and-find puzzle and story combination with over 200 items to find throughout the volume. Read full book review >

CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Michael Garland
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Enchantment is in the air as Emily builds a snowwoman in her yard, topping her off with an old coat, a carrot nose, a straw hat, and a fancy name—Katrina. Read full book review >

THE PRESIDENT AND MOM’S APPLE PIE by Michael Garland
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

This enjoyable tidbit of historical time will no doubt have kids remembering William Howard Taft, 27th president of the US, for at least one thing: his size (over 300 pounds) and his love for food, thanks to the jolly, rotund depictions of the balloon-shaped man. Read full book review >

ICARUS SWINEBUCKLE by Michael Garland
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"When pigs fly" takes on an added dimension in this retelling of the Icarus myth. Read full book review >

AN ELF FOR CHRISTMAS by Michael Garland
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

The text in Garland's book has little merit, and appears mostly as an excuse for the digital artwork. Read full book review >

DIARY OF A DRUMMER BOY by Marlene Targ Brill
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

A picture book for older readers, based on fact and done in diary form, tells the story of Orion Howe, a 12-year-old Civil War drummer boy who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and who was the subject of an ode in the Atlantic Monthly, reprinted at the back. Read full book review >

SAINT PATRICK by Ann Tompert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

The lineaments of Saint Patrick's life comprise the barest of bones in this work from Tompert (How Rabbit Lost His Tail, 1997, etc.), which is less biography than leap in the dark. The story opens with Patrick's birth in southwest Britain during the fourth century. Read full book review >

ELECTRA AND THE CHARLOTTE RUSSE by Corinne Demas Bliss
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

A funny tale to which most readers will relate, that gets off to a great start and then trails off, though realistically. Read full book review >

LEAH'S PONY by Elizabeth Friedrich
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

Friedrich (The Story of God's Love, 1985, not reviewed, etc.) tells a moving story of family love and gives a reminder of what matters. Read full book review >

DINNER AT MAGRITTE'S by Michael Garland
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

A book of oil paintings in the style of Magritte, placed in the context of a story. Read full book review >