Books by Michelle Knudsen

Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Campy, from the setting to the humor to the horror, and all the better for it. (Humorous horror. 13 & up)"
Take one part humor, add an equal part horror, and spice with teenage drama (musical and romantical) for a (slightly grim) laugh. Read full book review >
THE MAGE OF TRELIAN by Michelle Knudsen
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"A solid, satisfying genre performance; it may not invent any new tricks, but it executes each component in a grand fashion. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
An exemplary middle-grade fantasy trilogy concludes with a blast. Lots of blasts. Read full book review >
MARILYN'S MONSTER by Michelle Knudsen
Released: March 10, 2015

"A surprising spin on monsters with nicely effective artwork—and heart. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Marilyn waits and waits for her monster to find her, the way all her friends' monster companions found them, until she finally gives up and goes looking for him. Read full book review >
EVIL LIBRARIAN by Michelle Knudsen
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Forget paranormal romance; this horror-humor-romance pastiche is where those in search of hot nonhumans should set their sights. (Humorous horror. 13 & up)"
The spirit of Buffy is alive and kicking in this bloody debut for teens from an author better known for her children's books (The Princess of Trelian, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
BIG MEAN MIKE by Michelle Knudsen
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Even the toughest readers will crumble under the appeal of these bunnies. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A warning: This book may make you like cute bunnies. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2012

"Nonetheless, the likable characters and brisk narrative will undoubtedly lure readers into eagerly anticipating future installments. Next time, though—more Jakl, please! (Fantasy. 11-16)"
An engaging fantasy sequel marred by middle-book syndrome. Read full book review >
ARGUS by Michelle Knudsen
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"With his expressive ears, wings and tail, naughty Argus will capture attention and hearts. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A class science project raising baby chicks becomes a memorable lesson in tolerance when one "chick" is decidedly different from the others. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON OF TRELIAN by Michelle Knudsen
Released: April 1, 2009

"A promising start. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
Appealing characterization elevates a standard fantasy adventure. Read full book review >
LIBRARY LION by Michelle Knudsen
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Consider this a less prescriptive alternative to Eric A. Kimmel's I Took My Frog to the Library (1990), illustrated by Blanche Sims—and it doesn't hurt that the maned visitor is as huge and friendly looking as the one in James Daugherty's classic Andy and the Lion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Knudsen and Hawkes pick a perfect setting to express the idea that breaking rules can sometimes be a good thing. Read full book review >
CAT HAT by Michelle Knudsen
Released: July 1, 2001

"Ralph might even find his way into story hours, paired up with that superstar cat or even with Jack Gantos's Rotten Ralph (1976), a very different kind of cat. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Emergent readers with tightly limited word lists are notoriously difficult to write, especially when two of the words are already firmly enshrined in the shadow of that extremely well-known cat in the striped hat. Read full book review >