Two children rejoice in their home up in a tree, free from parental guidance and earthbound concerns. But when beavers gnaw their ladder into matchsticks, the children aren’t sure they want to be quite so alone. Playful, whimsical, and wry, the story is vintage Atwood. Long out of print, Up in the Tree was first published in 1978. Because it was considered too expensive and risky to publish a children’s book in Canada, Atwood not only wrote and illustrated the book, but hand-lettered the type. This facsimile edition captures all the charm of the original, and makes a thoughtful gift for Atwood fans as well as for young readers.
About the Author
As one of the masters of speculative fiction, Margaret Atwood challenged prevailing narratives and imagined different worlds in her books. An author whose work is both critically and commercially popular, Attwood is perhaps best known for The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, and the MaddAddam trilogy, as well as other novels, short stories, poetry, and literary criticism.
Date of Birth:November 18, 1939
Place of Birth:Ottawa, Ontario
Education:B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Atwood's rhythm and rhyme patterns aren't run of the mill, so this has a nicely different flavour at storytime. The words themselves are formatted to suggest certain types of emphasis for reading out loud, changing your performance from your usual bedtime drone. Daniel loved this one from day one.
Atwood says herself in the introduction that the book is fairly primitive. It's printed only in two colors (and a mix of the two), and she hand lettered it herself. It's a far cry from the super slick glossy kids books of today, which is a value for children to see in itself. It also has a really lovely unusual cadence and structure, which flows kind of beautifully when read aloud. I just find it a little off-putting on some level than I can't put my finger on though.