Review of The Man from the Land of Fandango by Margaret Mahy. From the November/December 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.
There was never anyone quite like her. Other amazing children’s writers have won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, but none had her extra‑ordinary range: verse; picture-book texts; books for every conceivable age group; scripts for radio, television, film; serials for newspapers and magazines. “I have been such a tradesman all my professional writing life,” she […]
We are saddened to learn about the passing of Margaret Mahy, New Zealand’s Grande Dame of children’s literature. Ms. Mahy’s many awards and accolades include the Hans Christian Andersen Medal (2006); Carnegie Medals for The Haunting (1982) and The Changeover (1984); and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Bubble Trouble (2009), illustrated by Polly Dunbar, […]
by Margaret Mahy When I worked as a librarian for the School Library Service in New Zealand, one of my jobs was reading book reviews and ordering such books as were praised and recommended. The Horn Book was extremely important to me back then, particularly since it featured such thoughtful and reliable reviews, along with […]
Acclaimed author Margaret Mahy has won accolades for her novels, including Carnegie Medals for both The Haunting and The Changeover. Her picture books The Great White Man-Eating Shark and The Three- Legged Cat have become classics, and Bubble Trouble, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, was recently named the winner of a 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. […]
New Zealander Margaret Mahy has written everything from metaphorically rich fantasy (The Changeover) to gritty YA fiction (Memory) to riotously funny picture books (The Great White Man-Eating Shark). A former librarian, she’s also a storyteller whose repertoire includes an extended tongue-twister involving a baby in a bubble and lots and lots of trouble (not to […]
By Margaret Mahy When I was a child, books published in the U.S. were difficult to come by in New Zealand, dominated as it was by its trading relationship with Britain. But by the time I came to read to my daughters, the publishing world had changed. I was able to read them Blueberries for […]