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Up in the Tree

Written by Margaret Atwood

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554980802
  • 10.06" x 6.63"
  • Reading age from 3 to 6
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World (see also headings under Animals)


Publication Date September 01, 2010

This story about the adventures of two children who live up in a tree is vintage Atwood -- playful, whimsical and wry. The perfect integration of words and pictures creates a coherent and delightful whole.

When this charming book was first published in 1978, there was a widespread idea that it was too expensive and risky to publish a children's book in Canada. And so Margaret Atwood not only wrote and illustrated the book, she handlettered the type! The book was created in the old-fashioned way, using only two colors that mixed together to produce a surprisingly large range of tones and textures. The delightful result reminds us that technology hasn't necessarily made things better. This facsimile edition renders intact the unique pleasures of the original.

Winner of the Child Magazine Best Children's Book Award 2006

Selected for the CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011


Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is one of the world's preeminent writers -- winner of the Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Governor General's Literary Award, among many other honours. She is the bestselling author of more than thirty-five books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. She and her spouse, writer Graeme Gibson, are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Club within Birdlife International. She is an International Vice President of PEN.


"...a whimsical story of two big-eyed kids who, indeed, live in a tree....for those who think Atwood can't do cute, think again." Calgary Herald

"...little people will...become enchanted by the sounds and cadence of the words in Up in The Tree." Globe and Mail

"A delightful addition for any school, library or personal collection! Highly recommended." Resource Links

"Spare and simple, this 30-year-old title offers a refreshing return to basics." Booklist

"The lyrical, rhyming text will delight even the youngest children, and early readers will be able to read the book independently. Highly recommended." Resource Links

"This could be a collectible - not just because it's Atwood. Because it still rocks....a gem of a book." New Brunswick Telegraph