Books by Patricia MacLachlan

BARKUS DOG DREAMS by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A solid entry in an entertaining series foreshadowing more adventures for the trio of Barkus, Baby, and Millie on the horizon. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Newbery Medalist MacLachlan continues her series of early chapter books with this second offering about Barkus the dog, his feline companion named Baby, and the child who owns them, Nicky. Read full book review >
LITTLE ROBOT ALONE by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: June 12, 2018

"A book to cherish for years to come. (Picture book. 4-6)"
What do you do when you're all alone? If you're a robot, you make your own friends! Read full book review >
JUST DANCE by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A quiet tale about finding your own voice. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A gifted wordsmith wonders if her opera-singer mom misses her career. Read full book review >
SOMEONE LIKE ME by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: July 4, 2017

"An inspiring choice for fertile young minds trying to find their voices by seeing the world around them. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When does someone truly learn the gift of writing and storytelling? Newbery Medalist MacLachlan takes her trademark elegant writing to the picture-book level with this semiautobiographical charmer. Read full book review >
BARKUS by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: June 6, 2017

"Nicky, Barkus, and Baby the kitten will appeal to fans of the Henry and Mudge series as well as to the younger picture-book audience. (Early reader. 4-7)"
A child grows to love a new canine companion in this initial offering in a new series of early chapter books by Newbery Medalist MacLachlan. Read full book review >
THE POET'S DOG by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness. (Fantasy. 6-12)"
An unusual dog rescues two children from a storm. Read full book review >
THE MOON'S ALMOST HERE by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: June 7, 2016

"A beautiful but minor effort from two immensely talented creators. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A parent-child pair observes the coming of night and the reactions of various (mostly domesticated) animals and their offspring. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Glorious. (biographical note, artist's note, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
If indeed the "child is father to the man," Newbery medalist MacLachlan's poetic, careful and concentrated text captures the essence of Matisse's childhood experiences and draws powerful parallels with his later life and work. Read full book review >
FLY AWAY by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: April 8, 2014

"A story that never cloys, succeeding on all levels. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Filled with little moments of quiet wisdom and gentle humor, Newbery winner MacLachlan's story about family love soars. Read full book review >
SNOWFLAKES FALL by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"MacLachlan and Kellogg celebrate the small things, but the small things turn out to be the big things after all: the children, 'No two the same— / All beautiful.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
Falling snowflakes highlight the beauties and joys of winter in this celebration of the uniqueness of not only every snowflake, but every child. Read full book review >
YOU WERE THE FIRST by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"More than the children it ostensibly targets, new parents will appreciate this tender celebration of the parent-first baby bond that grows as fast as the little one does. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two doting parents celebrate the many milestones of their first child. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH OF ME by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Some readers may find the gentle pace lacking in excitement, but for others, Robbie's quietly affecting observations will feel like truth. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Robbie, perhaps 9 or 10 years old, is a bit of a sobersides, a solemn young narrator, given to adult tone and phrasing in his spare, first-person, present-tense account of an unexpected adventure. Read full book review >
WHITE FUR FLYING by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: March 19, 2013

"Beautifully told, quietly moving and completely satisfying. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A rescued dog saves an unhappy, silent boy in this gentle story about families, fears and courage. Read full book review >
CAT TALK by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: March 1, 2013

"Though published for the preschool audience, this will no doubt find enthusiastic fans of all ages. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
As they did previously for dogs (Once I Ate a Pie, illustrated by Katy Schneider, 2006), MacLachlan and Charest give voice to a collection of charming pets beautifully rendered by veteran illustrator Moser. Read full book review >
NORA'S CHICKS by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Like her novels, MacLachlan's latest picture book is a heartwarming—but never saccharine—tale with an old-fashioned feel. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This low-key slice of life, apparently adapted from the author's grandmother's experiences as an immigrant child, offers a glimpse of another time and reminds young listeners that friends, whether feathered or human, are among life's sweetest gifts. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An approachable lead-in that serves to fill in the background both for confirmed fans and readers new to the series. (finished illustrations, afterword and resource list not seen) (Historical fiction. 8-10)"
This prelude slips neatly into the classic series with a rural idyll that comes to a sudden, tragic end. Read full book review >
KINDRED SOULS by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"It's rare to find a children's book that deals so well with death as part of life, offering kids an effective approach to coping with sadness that incorporates humor, love and joy. (Fiction. 8-11)"
This spare first-person account of a boy coping with his grandfather's death beautifully portrays something rare and surprisingly valuable: the opportunity to grieve for a loved one even while he is still alive. Read full book review >
LALA SALAMA by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Share this with preschoolers who may enjoy a peek into another culture's family life or keep at hand for the tired child, who will most appreciate this quietly sentimental offering. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Newbery Medal-winner MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall, 1985) sets her gentle picture book-cum-lullaby near Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR THE MAGIC by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An endearing testimonial to interspecies family relationships. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Pet lovers know that their nonhuman friends are magical beings imbued with preternatural wisdom, and anyone who's experienced the special bond between humans and animals firsthand is fortunate indeed. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Both doting grandparents and their faraway grandchildren can appreciate the message of this unabashedly sentimental tribute, an obvious gift book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Missing a grandchild in a distant tropical country, a grandmother remembers their times together and reflects that they share the same moon. Read full book review >
I DIDN'T DO IT by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"If dogs could talk (and of course they do), they would say what this team has translated for us, the two-foots in the world of the four-foots: Even if I did do it, you love me anyway. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
The mother-and-daughter team MacLachlan & Charest and able artist Schneider present another charming volume of verses showing the thoughts of puppies of many breeds (Once I Ate a Pie, 2006). Read full book review >
THE TRUE GIFT by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Floca's delicate, full-page pencil illustrations complement the text with understated emotion. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Newbery Medalist MacLachlan offers a quietly moving Christmas story that illustrates the power of children to change their world. Read full book review >
FIONA LOVES THE NIGHT by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Young children, however they themselves regard the night, will feel enfolded by this nocturnal idyll, which is as tender and intimate as Kevin Henkes' Caldecott Medal-winning Kitten's First Full Moon (2004). (Picture book. 5-8)"
Slipping out in the wee hours, young Fiona finds the night a safe, welcoming place where she can run through cool, firefly-lit grass, touch a leaf of silvery lamb's ear and see the dew-beaded web beneath, call to a mockingbird and meet the smiling Moon reflected in the pond. Read full book review >
EDWARD’S EYES by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Aug. 28, 2007

"As a story of overcoming grief, it works beautifully, and the quality and brevity of the narrative will appeal to those who read it despite its actual subject. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In Jake's large family, the kids raise each other, and he's taught his younger brother Edward how to speak French, use the toilet and understand baseball. Read full book review >
GRANDFATHER’S DANCE by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Cassie and Jack will never forget their grandfather and neither will readers. (Fiction. 8-10)"
The beloved story of Sarah and her family concludes with a touching marriage and a final farewell. Read full book review >
ONCE I ATE A PIE by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: May 1, 2006

"Thoughtful design elements include a trail of paw prints leading from the cover through the front matter into the text, varying type treatments and a mixture of illustration perspectives. (Poetry. 4-9)"
An appealing cover image of a charming pug invites the reader into this ode to canine companions by the mother-and-daughter team. Read full book review >
WHO LOVES ME? by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: May 1, 2005

"MacLachlan's patterned bedtime story lends itself to a quiet, nightly reading ritual that will spark the composition of new verses for the story's familiar refrain. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a gentle bedtime repartee, a little girl asks her feline friend, "Who loves me?" Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"If the power and deeply felt emotions of the original are missing, it remains a pleasant visit with old friends. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Cassie, an almost-third-grader, has taken up the journal passed on by her much older brother Caleb. Read full book review >
BITTLE by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: June 1, 2004

"Fans of Madeleine L'Engle's The Other Dog (2001) or Peter McCarty's more sardonic Hondo and Fabian (2002) will howl—with laughter—along with this closely knit interspecies trio. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Yaccarino's rubbery, boldly distinct figures reflect the vim and humor in this pets'-eye view of a new baby's homecoming. Read full book review >
PAINTING THE WIND by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: May 1, 2003

"Along with the likes of Cynthia Rylant's All I See and Sara Yamaka's Gift of Driscoll Lipscomb, this bears insights into how artists look at their world, and their work, and will broaden children's understanding of how and why art is made. (Picture book. 9+)"
In this atmospheric mother-daughter collaboration (a debut for the daughter), a young artist works on his technique in the company of the painters who come to his island each summer with their easels, dogs, and families to paint. Read full book review >
CALEB’S STORY by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"MacLachlan's appreciative readers will savor this new addition to the chronicle of a delightful family, and many will be hoping for another volume in the series so we can learn precocious Cassie's story as she grows older. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Newbery Medalist MacLachlan continues the story of the Witting family, with the believable characters readers have come to know and love from Sarah, Plain and Tall (1985) and its sequel, Skylark (1994). Read full book review >
WHAT YOU KNOW FIRST by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"With very little book-talking, younger readers will take away from this as much as older ones; no one will fail to appreciate the gentle flow of words and understated sentiments. (Picture book. 7+)"
A superb writer presents the themes of leave-taking and memory that recur frequently in her novels, beautifully distilled into a picture book. Read full book review >
ALL THE PLACES TO LOVE by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: May 30, 1994

"A book that courts sentimentality, but is so well crafted and essentially honest that it escapes it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An author whose powerful portrayals of families are often entwined with love for a home place weaves these familiar strands into a lyrical celebration of bonding with both. Read full book review >
SKYLARK by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: March 30, 1994

"Not outstanding, but amiable; fans will rejoice, and there'll be no trouble selling the first printing of 50,000. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The eagerly awaited sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall, which has already appeared on TV with a script by MacLachlan. Read full book review >
BABY by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A searching, beautifully written story. (Fiction. 9+)"
In a spare novel with the resonance of myth, two troubled families are healed when their paths conjoin. Read full book review >
THREE NAMES by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

MacLachlan knows the power of names; in Journey (p. 1013), any animal that's given one is destined to become part of the family. Read full book review >
JOURNEY by Patricia MacLachlan
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Acting on the yearning expressed in the name she gave her son 11 years ago, Journey's mother has gone, leaving him with his grandparents and his older sister Cat. Read full book review >