Books by Michael Hague

MICHAEL HAGUE'S READ-TO-ME BOOK OF FAIRY TALES by Allison Grace MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"It could be argued that simplifying and softening these tales does neither the stories nor their audience any good, but for those who want short and sweet versions, they are here. (Fairy tales. 4-7)"
Fourteen familiar tales are retold in their simplest and most bloodless forms for reading aloud to very young children—an approach somewhat subverted by Hague's powerful and somewhat surreal pictures. Read full book review >
TWINKLE TWINKLE LITLE STAR by Jane Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2011

"That readers will be introduced to several more verses than the usual first four is just icing on this particularly luscious cake. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
First a poem, then a lullaby, often a book and now an app—how we wonder what you... will be next. Read full book review >
IN THE SMALL by Michael Hague
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2008

"This extremely anomalous ending offers only the vaguest of hints toward further explanation, possibly in a sequel, and will leave readers scratching their heads, if not thoroughly disgusted. (Science fiction/graphic novel. YA)"
Vibrant art is incongruously juxtaposed against a poorly executed story line. Read full book review >
LITTLE BITTY MOUSIE by Jim Aylesworth
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Additionally, the lilting verse and sing-song refrain make this a treasure of the genre. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In this outstanding alphabet rhyme, a wee, purple-frocked mouse goes "Tip-tip tippy tippy" through a lovingly detailed house, going "Sniff-sniff sniffy sniffy" all the way along. Read full book review >
ANIMAL FRIENDS by Michael Hague
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"While there will certainly be an audience for this collection, it seems most likely to appeal to fans of the illustrator rather than those looking for good poems for young listeners. (Poetry. 3-6)"
Hague's typically charming illustrations of a vaguely old-fashioned, pastoral world decorate 20 brief poems. Read full book review >
LIONEL AND THE BOOK OF BEASTS by E. Nesbit
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Not to everyone's taste, but his adult fans will snap it up. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The whimsical sweetness of Nesbit's original story and the richness of its early 20th-century language have both been stripped from this misguided attempt at retelling. Read full book review >
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Michael Hague
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"No source notes, but thoroughly satisfying nonetheless. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Nesbit's wry 1908 telling casts Jack as a dreamy lad more adept at composing poems about "the Dignity of Labor" than engaging in it. Read full book review >
THE NUTCRACKER by Sarah L. Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"An author's note includes the history of the story and how it came to be a ballet. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A jolly nutcracker with his mouth wide open waves his sword and flag and seems ready to ride right off the cover in Hague's version of this Christmas classic. Read full book review >
KATE CULHANE by Michael Hague
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Spectral figures, Gothic hues, and Rackham-esque lines are used very effectively in the watercolor pictures, which are fully as scary as the text. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 9-12)"
A shivery ghost story from Ireland that will surely appeal to lovers of the macabre. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DRAGONS by Michael Hague
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"For fans of the artist this is another must-have; the cover is stunning. (Anthology. 10+)"
A fine collection of mostly well-known short stories and excerpts from novels about dragons, including works by J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Kenneth Grahame, Andrew Lang, and E. Nesbit. Read full book review >
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR by Michael Hague
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 1993

"Sure to find a wide and willing audience. (Picture book. 2-5)"
``A Classic Action Rhyme'' with a spread for each line—text on the verso, framed in little bears on a golden honey ground decked with stars; cuddly plush bear with appealingly mobil face on the recto, in a pictorial story Hague has devised to suit the familiar words. Read full book review >
THE TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC by Jimmy Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 1992

"Appealing; too bad the music wasn't included. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An expansive setting (11''x12'') for a sentimental favorite, a song (``written over forty years ago'') describing a teddy bears' woodland outing without their ``Mummies and Daddies,'' who come at the end to ``take them home to bed.'' Hague provides a lush setting, mostly in teddy-bear brown and gold, with muscular Rackham trees, fairies hiding under toadstools and among roots, dozens of winsome bears feasting, blowing bubbles, swimming, etc., and one toddler (disguised in a bear-suit and clutching his own large teddy) as observer; in the end, these last two snuggle down amid fairy dust after the other bears have gone home. Read full book review >
DEMETRIUS AND THE GOLDEN GOBLET by Michael Hague
Released: April 1, 1980

"Fancy furbelows, an empty core."
A large, elaborate production in the revivalist mode—double-page spreads in color, single-page, decoratively framed drawings in black and white—all more or less from the Maxfield Parrish era. Read full book review >
A MOUSE CALLED JUNCTION by Julia Cunningham
Released: March 12, 1980

"From the mushy core to the sticky surface, it's not much like real life."
One might speculate on why the mouse is called Junction, but not very profitably. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1933

"MPSLUGMISTER Lewis fortunately has a keen wit and in spite of a rather juvenile style and phraseology, the book moves along, if your customer likes allegories."
An allegory requires its own followers (for there is a definite cult) or a raison d'etre. Read full book review >