Books by Polly Dunbar

MAN FROM THE LAND OF FANDANGO by Margaret Mahy
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Wonderfully exuberant and completely delightful. (Picture book. 3-8)"
There's fun for all when the man from Fandango comes to call. Read full book review >
ARTHUR'S DREAM BOAT by Polly Dunbar
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A real attention-getter. (Picture book. 2 & up)"
Dunbar imaginatively transforms a seaside memory of a small boy in the ocean and a boat on the distant horizon into Arthur's adventure with a dream boat. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO CLIMBED INTO THE MOON by David Almond
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"Dunbar's abundant full-color illustrations perfectly capture the beautiful barminess of it all. (Fable. 8-11)"
Roald Dahl meets Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in this delightfully improbable tale in which a previously unimaginative English boy named Paul surprises himself by declaring that the moon's just a hole in the sky. Read full book review >
MEASURING ANGELS by Lesley Ely
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"A bit purposeful, but most of the healing is conveyed in the pictures rather than the brief narrative. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A young narrator and her former friend are on the outs until shared class projects bring them back together. Read full book review >
BUBBLE TROUBLE by Margaret Mahy
FICTION
Released: April 6, 2009

"A frothy, effervescent gift. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mabel blows a bubble that envelops her baby brother, gently wafting him all over the village, causing shock and excitement among the population. Read full book review >
HELLO TILLY by Polly Dunbar
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Happy Hector (ISBN: 978-0-7636-4110-8) publishes simultaneously, with the other four "coming soon." (Picture book. 2-5)"
Tilly is a little girl who lives with her five animal friends in a little yellow house, and readers meet them all, one by one, in this inaugural title of a six-book series. Read full book review >
MY DAD’S A BIRDMAN by David Almond
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Readers will definitely come away with mixed feelings—not necessarily a bad thing, to be sure. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Almond aims at a younger audience than usual, but crafts a tale at least as emotionally complex as any of his heavier outings. Read full book review >
PENGUIN by Polly Dunbar
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"An attractively designed, child-appealing package. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this fanciful tale, a boy unwraps a gift penguin and tries to make it talk. Read full book review >
DOWN THE BACK OF THE CHAIR by Margaret Mahy
FICTION
Released: June 12, 2006

"Dunbar's delightfully loose illustrations in watercolor and cut paper provide a satisfying complement to Mahy's poem, with whimsical creatures, juicy colors and lots of motion to match the kinetic energy of the text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A comfy armchair upholstered in a brightly flowered print is the hiding place for a fantastic range of surprises in this rollicking, rhyming treat from the uniquely talented Mahy, winner of the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Award. Read full book review >
SHOE BABY by Joyce Dunbar
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Polly Dunbar's delightful mixed-media collage illustrations of eccentric creatures great and small burst forth with as much glee as the text in this contagiously exuberant mother-daughter collaboration. (Picture book. 2-5)"
"There once was a baby / Who hid in a shoe / And had learned how to say, ‘How do you do?' " Thus begins the rollicking, rhyming, Edward Lear–style story of the adventures of the rosy-cheeked Shoe Baby. Read full book review >
DOG BLUE by Polly Dunbar
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Blue looks on. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Dunbar gives the tried-and-true Boy Meets Dog story an engaging twist or two. Read full book review >
FLYAWAY KATIE by Polly Dunbar
COLORS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Exuberant, to say the least. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A joyous cure for a case of the doldrums. Read full book review >
LOOKING AFTER LOUIS by Lesley Ely
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

Written by a clinical psychologist, this (fictional) view of an autistic child finding his place in a mainstream classroom bears a clear but not ponderous agenda. Read full book review >