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Up in the Tree

Written by Margaret Atwood

  • 32 Pages
  • 9780888997296
  • 10.060" x 6.630"
  • Reading age from 3 to 6
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World (see also headings under Animals)


Publication Date January 16, 2006

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 colours 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 the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her most recent books include the novel The Heart Goes Last (2015) and a collection of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014). Forthcoming in 2016 are Hag-Seed, a novel revisitation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, and Angel Catbird — featuring a cat-bird superhero — a graphic novel with co-creator Johnnie Christmas. She is a two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award, has won the Man Booker Award and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.


"...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