Books by Michaela Morgan

BUNNY WISHES by Michaela Morgan
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

The creative team from Dear Bunny (2006) pairs up again for another story about written communications that go astray. In this sequel, two rabbit friends each compose a Christmas wish list, asking for a few sensible items such as food and warm clothing. They conceal their lists in a hollow log that is supposed to be the neighborhood post office (though it isn't specified for whom the lists are intended). As in the first story, a group of playful mice appropriate the lists and use the paper to make kites, sleds, telescopes and paper hats. The mouse parents try to rectify the situation by using torn bits of the lists to spell out a new message for the rabbits hung on a decorated Christmas tree outside their burrow. This rewritten message spells out the love and best wishes of the mouse neighbors for their rabbit friends. Church's collage illustrations in an oversized format use lots of texture and varied surfaces to enhance the outdoor scenes with the rabbits and mice. The text is set in a font that suggests hand-written printing, complementing the series theme. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
DEAR BUNNY by Michaela Morgan
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

Two lovelorn bunny rabbits named Valentino and Valenteeny ("Tino and Teeny for short") admire each other from afar, but they are too shy to move ahead with a friendship. Each rabbit leaves a letter in a hollow log for the other to find, but the letters are torn into pieces and used for bedding material by a nearby mouse family, who provide little asides to the plot in speech balloons. The kindly mice, realizing that they have thwarted Cupid, retrieve the best words from the letters and recombine them into a sweet love poem on a heart-shaped card. Tino and Teeny read the card (each thinking the other is the author), fall in love and, of course, "lived hoppily ever after." This sweet and simple story offers a fresh idea for Valentine's Day, but elementary school teachers will also use this for the creative idea of "recombinant poetry," using words plucked from other sources. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
HELPFUL BETTY TO THE RESCUE by Michaela Morgan
ANIMALS
Released: June 23, 1994

One of two new books about a bumbling, irrepressible young hippo whose cheerful goal is to help. Here, noticing ``a poor little monkey stuck in a tree,'' she leaps from her wallow and barges off to get him down, equally oblivious to advice, to the hapless other animals in her path, and to the true nature of monkeys—and hippos. Not until she has climbed the tree (``like a little monkey...oh!'') does it dawn on Betty that she's the one who now needs help; she doesn't know how to get down. However, the resilient palm (rather unrealistically) flips her back to her wallow, to the comic consternation of several wading flamingoes. Morgan's text bounces right along, propelled by colorful verbs detailing Betty's insouciant progress. A frog she accidentally saves en route adds interest to both the plot and the gleeful, meticulously rendered art; he shows up again as a bemused bystander in Helpful Betty Solves a Mystery (ISBN: 0-87614-832- 1). Unusually entertaining fare for beginning readers. (Easy reader. 4-8) Read full book review >
DINOSTORY by Michaela Morgan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

A book that pokes fun at its own overfamiliar theme— dinosaurs turning up in the present—and then goes on to exploit it with energy and imagination. Andrew can't find a chalk pit, but he does know a wizard whose spell (a pleasing litany of dinosaur names) literally produces a rain of the giant creatures. The events that follow may be predictable, but they're sure to please young enthusiasts—as will Kelley's lively, if undistinguished, illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >