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Annotated list of Matt McElligott’s Books December 6, 2009

Posted by lizyanoff in Uncategorized.

Matt generously sent us his book talk notes. Thanks!

A few recommended books from 2009Picture books

The Duchess of Whimsy

Peter de Séve and Randall de Séve (Philomel)

The new picture book by noted illustrator Peter de Séve. Beautiful watercolor illustrations with plenty of hidden details. (Originals might still be on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum)

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Brian Floca (Atheneum)

Gorgeous illustrations and clear, descriptive text do a great job of evoking the challenges and drama of the moon landing.


Alice B. McGinty, illus. by Mary Azarian (Houghton Mifflin)

A beautiful account of Charles Darwin’s life, illustrated with woodcut illustrations and samples from his journals.

Middle Grade

When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House)

Miranda, a young girl in 1970’s New York, begins to receive strange messages on crumpled sheets of paper. This book has a little bit of everything: time travel, the $100,000 Pyramid Game Show, and a puzzle that slowly and perfectly unwinds to the last page.

The Yggyssey

Daniel Pinkwater (Houghton Mifflin)

The Yggyssey (a follow-up to the Neddiad, although it stands on its own) is classic Pinkwater, full of strange, often completely ridiculous and hilarious situations and character.


How I Became a Famous Novelist

Steve Hely

Black Cat (Grove/Atlantic)

Along with William Kotzwinkle’s The Bear Went Over the Mountain one of the funniest books I’ve ever read on the book publishing industry.

Asterios Polyp

David Mazzucchelli


A brilliant graphic novel with an unlikely hero. Asterios Polyp is an architect with a mysterious past. Mazzucchelli uses color, form, and all the tricks of the graphic novel format to tell a story in a thoroughly unique way.

Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation

Amid Amidi

Chronicle Books

An inspiring look at the designs of 1950’s animators. Makes me want to run to the drawing board every time I read it.


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